While 87 per cent of IT decision-makers feel their organisation’s perimeter security is effective at keeping out security threats, 30 per cent admit their company has fallen victim to a data breach.
According to Gemalto’s 2015 Data Security Confidence Index, 33 per cent of IT decision-makers think that unauthorised users are still able to access their networks, and 34 per cent are not confident in the security of their organisation’s data should a breach occur. Also as a result of recent high profile breaches, 71 per cent of organisations have adjusted their security strategy, but are still focused on perimeter security.
Tsion Gonen, vice president of strategy for identity and data protection at Gemalto, said: “With the number of sophisticated breaches on the rise, relying on perimeter security systems alone is no longer enough. IT decision makers need to take into account that if someone is motivated enough they will breach a network, no matter how well it is protected.
“Organisations still place too much emphasis on perimeter security, even though it has proven to be ineffective. Decision makers should place greater importance on customer data, and look to adopt a ‘secure the breach’ approach that focuses on securing the data after intruders penetrate the perimeter defences. This means they need to attach security directly to the data itself using multi-factor authentication and data encryption, as well as securely managing encryption keys. That way, if the data is stolen, it is useless to the thief.”