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New Survey Reveals GDPR Readiness Gap

New Survey Reveals GDPR Readiness Gap

With just a few months left to go until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation deadline on May 25, 2018, we commissioned an independent survey exploring the readiness and attitudes of security professionals toward the upcoming standard.

The survey, Countdown to GDPR: Challenges and Concerns, which polled security professionals in the UK, Germany, France and U.S., highlights surprising GDPR readiness shortcomings, with more than half (57%) of professionals still concerned about compliance.

Findings include:

  • 56% think the right to erasure/”to be forgotten” poses the greatest challenge in meeting the GDPR, followed by implementing data protection by design.
  • 38% of respondents report that their organizations do not view compliance with GDPR by the deadline as a priority.
  • 74% believe that adhering to the GDPR will give them a competitive advantage over other organizations in their sector.

After Equifax and WannaCry: New Survey on Security Practices and Expectati...

You’ve seen the headlines: Breaches are hitting high-profile organizations almost daily. After major events — the WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks, and most recently the Equifax breach — we wanted to know if professionals responsible for cybersecurity in their organizations are shoring up their security, what approaches they are taking, and if they believe they are prepared for the next big attack.

Today we release the results of a new independent survey: After Equifax and WannaCry: Security Practices and Expectations.

The survey, which polled 500 IT professionals responsible for cybersecurity in the UK, Germany, France and U.S., highlights an alarming disconnect between security expectations and reality: While 45% of IT professionals are bracing for a disruptive cyber attack in the next year, the vast majority (89%) profess confidence in their cybersecurity stance.

Other notable findings include:

  • 25% reported their organization was hit by ransomware in the past two years.
  • 26% reported their organization experienced the loss or theft of company data in the past two years.
  • 8 out of 10 respondents are confident that hackers are not currently on their network.
  • 85% have changed or plan to change their security policies and procedures in the wake of widespread cyberattacks like WannaCry.

Read the full survey:

After Equifax and WannaCry: New Survey on Security Practices and Expectations.

University Secures Sensitive Student Data with Varonis

University Secures Sensitive Student Data with Varonis

When hackers successfully breached a nearby university, the IT staff at Loyola University Maryland knew they had to act fast to secure their own environment. Academic institutions are prime targets for cyber criminals. A large university often has sensitive personal identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) on tens of thousands of students.

During a Varonis risk assessment, Loyola gained visibility into the information housed on their network. They discovered large amounts of PII and PHI that had to be managed and secured immediately. Previously, Loyola staff would have needed to take manual steps to organize and protect this information. Automated tools from Varonis expedite the process while helping Loyola stay compliant with standards such as GLBA, PCI and FERPA.

According to Louise Finn, CIO at Loyola University, “The exfiltration of data is light speed. So having a tool that’s running in the background — always scanning and looking based upon behaviors that it’s absorbing — is such a win for us.”

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Global Manufacturer Relies on DatAdvantage as it Moves to the Cloud

Global Manufacturer Relies on DatAdvantage as it Moves to the Cloud

Dayton Superior is a leading manufacturer for the non-residential concrete construction industry. With thousands of products used in more than one million buildings, bridges and other structures worldwide, Dayton Superior has an ongoing need to monitor and protect information on its network.

The Ohio-based company first began using DatAdvantage several years ago after a major acquisition in which company’s employees were merged into a single IT environment. DatAdvantage gave Dayton Superior deep visibility into the files on their network. For the first time, the company could locate missing files and lock down access to individual users, departments or project teams.

Now, nearly seven years after Dayton Superior first turned to Varonis for insight into its on-premises IT systems, the company will be using DatAdvantage for their new cloud-based environment with Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

By moving to the cloud, Dayton Superior aims to decrease its need for internal storage while providing employees with flexible access to documentation from remote devices. Once the migration is complete, DatAdvantage will continue to help the company monitor activity, track user behavior, and control user access to files on the network.


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