Asked which of five risk vectors -- outbound corporate email, social media, lost or stolen mobile devices, and online file sharing/collaboration and short messaging services -- they felt posed the greatest risk of data loss to their organizations, respondents chose outbound email by a small margin. Results are as follows:
Twenty-two percent feel outbound email sent from their organizations is the greatest source of data loss risk
Nineteen percent feel that online file sharing/collaboration solutions (e.g., services such Dropbox, Box and others) are the greatest source of data loss risk
Eighteen percent feel lost or stolen mobile devices are the greatest source of data loss risk
Seventeen percent feel postings to social media sites (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn) represent the greatest source of data loss risk
Three percent feel that short messaging services (e.g., Twitter, SMS text messaging) are the greatest source of data loss
Twenty-one percent of respondents say they "don't know" which vector poses the most risk
Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT), a leading security-as-a-service provider, recently announced findings from a survey of security IT enterprise decision makers, about email and information security trends.
"The findings from our June 2012 survey reinforce what many industry analysts and security experts have already noted — that targeted attacks against large organizations are extremely common and surprisingly effective in compromising user credentials and corporate IT systems," said David Knight, executive vice president of product management for Proofpoint.
This slideshow features key findings from the survey.