Data security is finally taking its rightful place in boardrooms around the world. For years it remained an afterthought, even as IT executives tried to convince business teams that data security should play a pivotal, up-front role in decision making. Now both IT and business decisions makers are carrying the banner of data security inside companies, recognizing not only the safety it brings but also the opportunity.
But there is still work to be done. Even as companies recognize the benefits of data security, they are struggling to develop programs that effectively incorporate it without detracting from other business initiatives. They may have tools in place to address data security needs, yet companies still are reporting gaps in their comfort level with implementing or expanding programs that rely on these technologies.
In November 2015, Dell commissioned a survey to obtain a comprehensive look at how IT decision makers in the mid-market – as well as the C-suite – view data security trends and the impact these are having on their businesses. The results included responses from more than 1,300 business and IT decision makers across seven countries.
A few of the findings surprised us. Many others simply provided hard numbers to back up trends we’ve observed among our own customers and partners. In this first-ever Dell Data Security Survey, we’ve distilled those insights to share the specific data security concerns held by businesses in the mid-market.
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