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A majority of organisations believe their own data is more valuable than that of their clients, despite a rise in third-party and insider breaches, according to research by a cybersecurity firm. When asked what they believed to be “sensitive”, 74 per cent of organisations said corporate credit card data, 71pc said personal information about employees, yet only 62pc said client contact information and 52pc said client data in general.

With third-party attacks and internal breaches on the rise, this mentality will worry those that operate with large and complex supply chains given the lack of control over data security once it lives on third-party systems, according to IS Decisions. Moreover, with many organisations using a mixture of on-premises and cloud storage systems, many are struggling to manage the security of data — either their clients’ or their own. Two in five organisations rely on the native security controls from storage vendors, and almost a third say that since moving to the cloud for storage, it’s been harder to detect unauthorised access.

These findings come from IS Decisions’ ‘Under a cloud of suspicion’ report, which draws on research with 300 heads of security within SMBs based in the UK, US and France who are using Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, Box and Microsoft OneDrive. The report examines perceptions of cloud storage security among organisations and highlights the cyber firm says a need for more effective security of company data living in the cloud.

François Amigorena, founder and CEO of IS Decisions said: “The mentality of ‘my data is more important than yours’ needs to change. Most organisations now share a huge amount of sensitive data with their clients over email and via the cloud — and with supply chain attacks on the rise, all it takes is one mishap from one supplier to compromise your data. Many organisations now consider the cybersecurity of their partners before choosing to work with them. Therefore, it’s vital that organisations can demonstrate that they can keep their clients’ data safe using technologies that monitor and alert on unauthorised access. It could be the difference between winning and losing clients.”


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