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Best Practices in Data Protection Study Released
November 4, 2011, 7:09 pm

 Sponsored by McAfee, the Best Practices in Data Protection survey is our latest effort to find out what separates the best organizations from the rest. We believe this study is important because it provides insights on how organizations can be more successful when investing in and building a data protection program. The study's findings reveal five success factors in a data protection program:

  1. A formal data protection strategy for the organization and metrics to determine if the strategy is effective.
  2. Key metrics from a management console and observation and regular testing of data protection solutions.
  3. Data protection technology features that focus on privileged users, restriction of access and outbound communications are considered critical
  4. Centralized management of the data protection program with such features as actionable information, policy administration, reporting, automatic securing of endpoints and monitoring.
  5. Automated policies for detection and prevention of end-user misuse of information assets. 

To download the complete report click here:  <https://prod.secureforms.mcafee.com/content/verify?docID=3E46E43C-2252-487A-885B-4C5F125DFB60&cid=WB290&aName=DP&src=web&aType=report®ion=us>

 

Second annual cost of cyber crime study is released
August 2, 2011, 11:04 am

Today we released our Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study.  Our findings support other research studies suggesting increases in the frequency, severity and overall cost of cyber attacks on private and public sector organizations. Our study is sponsored by HP ArcSight.  I would be very pleased to discuss this year's findings, framework and research methods.  Please feel free to call us directly or send an email to research@ponemon.org to schedule a one-to-one meeting.

Most trusted companies for privacy
July 31, 2011, 10:55 am

Ponemon Institute is releasing our annual Most Trusted Companies for Privacy study this coming week.  This is the eighth year that we conducted a U.S. national consumer study that determines the organizations believed to be most committed to protecting and securing personal information.  Our research also determines the underlying factors that consumers perceive as most important or influential to their trust ratings.   For more information, please contact research@ponemon.org.

Ponemon Releases Cloud Service Provider Study
May 2, 2011, 4:51 pm

Last week with CA Technologies we issued the results of a study of cloud service providers and their views on cloud security. There has been a lot of interest in this study. Readers have reviewed the results and responded with some very good questions and comments. In a nutshell, people – including us – were surprised by the results, which showed that cloud providers didn’t put security as the No. 1 concern in providing their services.

Are we taking adequate steps to protect the critical infrastructure?
April 3, 2011, 11:06 am

Last week I presented the results of our latest study entitled, "The State of IT Security: A Study of Utilities and Energy Companies." Sponsored by Q1 Labs, this research revealed that utilities and energy companies in our study are more concerned about preventing downtime that stopping a cyber attack.  In addition, a majority of respondents said that compliance with standards such as NERC CIP is not a top priority.  Most surprisingly, only 16 percent of respondents believe that their organization's existing controls are designed to protect against exploits and attacks through the smart grid.  For more information about this study, please contact research@ponemon.org.

 

Cost of a data breach climbs higher
March 8, 2011, 10:00 am

Most privacy advocates and people in the data protection community believe that data breach costs will start coming down eventually because consumers will become somewhat immune to data breach news. The idea is that data breach notifications will become so commonplace that customers just won’t care anymore.

Listen to a new podcast on the True Cost of Compliance study
March 7, 2011, 9:31 am

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please listen to a recent podcast on the True Cost of Compliance study completed last month.  Martin KcMeay at Network Security Blog did a great job conducting this 30 minute interview.

www.mckeay.net/2011/03/02/network-security-podcast-23/

If you would like a copy of the full report, please visit Tripwire's website as follows:

www.tripwire.com/ponemon-cost-of-compliance/

 

Compliance Like a Club
January 31, 2011, 10:14 am

Have you ever noticed how some organizations wield compliance like a club when marketing their products or services? They remind you of the latest in information security regulations, such as the HITECH Act or Mass 201 CMR 17, and then menacingly predict doom for those who transgress. If you fail to comply, their messages warn like a cross schoolmarm, the boogey man will flash his regulator badge and lower the boom (unless, of course, you buy the appropriate product or service).

Poor Privacy Practice is Ailing Healthcare Industry
November 9, 2010, 6:05 am

It has been more than six years since the ChoicePoint data breach thrust the issue of privacy protection into the headlines. Since then hundreds of information security failures have been disclosed and the tools and techniques used to keep sensitive information safe have advanced at a healthy pace. Recent incidents in the healthcare industry, however, strongly suggest that best practices have not been universally adopted.

Data Center Outages and Data Management
October 14, 2010, 4:12 pm

I hear the collective sound of our friends, colleagues, and other interested parties scratching their heads at the release of the most recent piece of Ponemon Institute research, National Survey on Data Center Outages. You read that right, data center outages.

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