Dell shared the results of its first Data Security Survey.
The survey found that though the C-suite recognizes the benefits of data security, organizations are still struggling to develop programs that effectively incorporate security strategies without detracting from other business initiatives.
In addition, the survey found that security concerns are limiting the adoption of cloud and mobility solutions throughout organizations.
While the C-suite is more invested in data security than in the past, IT teams feel executives are still not allocating the energy or resources needed to properly address data security challenges.
Nearly three in four decision makers agree that data security is a priority for their organization’s C-suite; however, one in four decision makers don’t find their C-suite to be adequately informed about data security issues.
Three in four decision makers say their C-suite plans to increase current security measures, and more than half expect to spend more money on data security in the next five years.
The survey found that cost is a concern when it comes to building on existing programs, with 53 percent of respondents citing cost constraints for why they don’t anticipate adding additional security features in the future.
Only one in four decision makers are very confident in their C-suite’s ability to budget enough for data security solutions over the next five years.
“These findings suggest that the C-level has to be more engaged when it comes to integrating data security strategies into their business,” said Steve Lalla, vice president of Commercial Client Software & Solutions for Dell. “Business leaders understand the need to invest in their security infrastructure, but that isn’t translating into updating or expanding their current systems to adequately prevent modern attacks.”
Further, the report found that a lack of investment in streamlined technologies and a shortage of talent are both barriers to fine-tuning data security programs.
The majority of decision makers (58 percent) believe that their organization is adversely affected by the shortage of trained security professionals in the industry. In addition, 69 percent of decision makers still view data security as a burden on their time and budget.
Another interesting finding of the survey was that employers feel that they have to limit mobility in order to protect data. The majority of mid-market companies (65 percent) are holding back plans to make their workforce more mobile for security reasons with 67 percent hesitant to introduce a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program.
Further, respondents see their data at risk in public cloud platforms. With more employees using public cloud services like Box and Google Drive in the workplace, decision makers are not confident in their ability to control risks posed by these applications.