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Survey finds few agencies are properly protecting their data

Survey finds few agencies are properly protecting their data

What: Federal Network Security Survey Report.

Why: The more complex and connected networks become, the more vulnerable they are to attacks.  But not all  agencies are taking the necessary measures to ensure their in-transit data is secure, especially when it comes to encryption. While prevention of cyber attacks was rated the highest priority among agencies surveyed (among other categories that included identifying attacks and remediation), only 26 percent of respondents believed their data was fully protected. 

Although encryption of data on networks is important to 95 percent of the agency respondents, just 76 percent said their agency encrypts its data, with 62 percent focusing on SSL encryption, which may not adequately protect Secret and Top Secret inflight datasets.

Budget constraints, limited resources, complexity and impact on network performance are top challenges agencies cited in protecting data on the network.

The study recommends that agencies select a data protection solution that is simple to implement and maintain, does not increase costs, protects various types of data and can handle current and future connection speeds.

Verbatim: “Despite the priority agencies place on security and prevention, the study results show there is no place within the enterprise where data is fully protected to prevent cyberattacks. It is critical to ensure your encryption strategy expands as your enterprise grows to accommodate additional users and networking services.” 

The Federal Network Security Survey Report was commissioned by Brocade and conducted by Market Connections. Read it here.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Apr 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM


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