RSA 2016 (video): Budget allocations biggest headache for security, says report

Brett Hansen, Dell Security
Brett Hansen, Dell Security

In a clear signal that safeguarding data is topping the list of the C-Suite's concerns, 82 percent of IT and business decision-makers surveyed for the Dell Data Security Report have tried to limit employee access to data across their locations, Brett Hansen, executive director, data security solutions, at Dell Security, told SCMagazineUK.com during the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

While organisations do have protections in place, 73 percent expressed concern over malware and advanced persistent threats and only 25 percent had a high degree of confidence in the C-suite's ability to eke out enough from their budgets to cover data security solutions in the coming five years. Nor are execs seen as adequately informed about the issues surrounding data security, one in four decision-makers said.

The report found that a lack of investment in streamlined technologies and a shortage of talent are both barriers to fine-tuning data security programmes.

More than half (58 percent) of decision-makers bemoaned the negative effects felt by a shortage of trained security professionals, while 69 percent said that data security weighs heavy on their time and budgets.

The report showed that respondents remain highly concerned about malware, despite the fact that most have anti-malware solutions in place.

Hansen pointed out that nearly three-quarters of the respondents (73 percent) were concerned about malware and advanced persistent threats with those in India (56 percent) and the US and France (31 percent each) expressing the highest concern. Just 20 percent said they were very confident about protecting against sophisticated malware attacks and, at 73 percent, spearphishing topped the list of breach methods that concerned them.