Study Finds Majority of Managers Don't Know Where Company Data is Located

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News Posted: Mon, Jun 25 2012 11:32 AM
New research suggests that higher ups holding positions in senior management either don't know where their company's data resides, or aren't sure. That might not be surprising to folks who find themselves continually frustrated trying to communicate with decision makers who seem disconnected from day-to-day operations, but it's alarming nonetheless.

Varonis Systems, a U.K. provider of comprehensive data governance, conducted the study in which 67 percent of respondents said senior management was clueless regarding the whereabouts of company data. What's more, 74 percent of organizations reported not having a process in place for tracking which files have been placed on third party cloud digital collaboration and storage services.

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"The results clearly show a lack of control by those organizations that have adopted cloud file sync services," said David Gibson, VP of Strategy at Varonis. "The most disturbing findings were the number of companies that report they have no way to track what data is being stored in the cloud, no process to manage access to that data (or plans to do so), and that management doesn’t know where enterprise data is stored. This should act as a wakeup call for organizations to develop a conscious strategy to ensure secure collaboration as quickly as possible."

The widespread lack of control, or even knowledge of where sensitive company data resides, means that company files are essentially up for grabs, Varonis says.
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RTietjens replied on Mon, Jun 25 2012 5:16 PM

Probably the only reason our senior management knows where our data is, is the fact the the President is the guy who gets called to restart our data center servers in the event of a serious power outage that causes a shutdown. The IT manager lives 65 miles away, and that's another 90 minutes of no-revenue downtime, vs. the President's 5-minute drive.

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