Collaboration Between Companies Increasing Data Leakage

Sue Marquette Poremba

In part because of enterprise globalization and in part because of today's economy, it seems like more and more companies are developing partnerships with other businesses and third-party vendors. And those partnerships often require sharing or allowing access to corporate and/or customer data.


I've mentioned before the security risks to watch out for when dealing with outside organizations. Now, a survey by Confidela, found that IT professionals and executives agree that document security in these partnerships is a top concern. Yet, security actions to protect the data remains lax and insufficient. The majority of businesses surveyed said they share data with another organization, and one in three say they suffered a leak. According to the article in eWEEK:

The survey found 85 percent of leaks are not from malicious intent, and 83 percent ranked document and intellectual property security as very important, ahead of antivirus and network security. However, despite clear knowledge of and concern for data leakage, only 12 percent are using a DLP (Data Loss Prevention) or DRM (Digital Rights Management) system.

The article goes on to say that the majority of companies have yet to invest in truly secure digital document sharing, but doesn't say why. Is this another situation where the recession is limiting security resources?

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