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Industry leaders worry over data breaches

26 Sep 2013

An overwhelming majority of business leaders believe their customers and clients worry about breaches of personal data held by their organisations.

Recent Unisys-sponsored research conducted by IDG Connect found that 91 percent of business decision makers surveyed were concerned about their customers’ perceptions of their organisation’s ability to protect personal data.

Furthermore, 65 percent of decision makers reported the belief that customers are “very concerned.”

The survey also found that business leaders perceive numerous security threats to their data and IT infrastructures, with nearly three-quarters of those surveyed concerned about attacks on their wireless infrastructure (74 percent) or network defences (72 percent).

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) said they were concerned about breaches or attacks on their cloud applications and mobile devices.

“Business and technology decision makers are seeing threats from all directions and are looking for new ways to protect their organisations and their clients,” says Steve Vinsik, vice president of global security solutions, Unisys.

“This survey shows that a majority of them are looking for new ways to increase the flexibility of their security solutions, manage costs and address evolving security challenges.

"It also illustrates that security is no longer considered only an IT challenge, but a business challenge as well.”