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Ponemon Institute is pleased to announce the release of Flipping the Economics of Attacks, sponsored by Palo Alto Networks. In this study, we look at the relationships between the time spent and compensation of today’s adversaries and how organizations can thwart attacks. As revealed in this research, while some attackers may be motivated by non-pecuniary reasons, such as those that are geopolitical or reputational, an average of 69 percent of respondents say they are in it for the money.

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Information Governance in the Cloud
July 15, 2010, 11:08 am

Just a brief note to bring our recent webinar to your attention.  I presented Information Governance in the Cloud along with the good people at Symantec.  The presentation is based in part on results from our earlier report, Flying Blind in the Cloud.

If you want to view the webinar, presented on the Windows Live Meeting platform, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments about this issue, our report, or the webinar, we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks!

Integrated, Holistic Security Strategies
July 12, 2010, 8:30 am

Holistic is a popular word these days. Often applied to food and medicine, the word conjures images of natural, healthy living, but the word holistic refers to the function of an entity as a whole, including the interdependence of all its parts. Given this broader meaning, holistic can (and should) be applied when thinking strategically about the way a business organization operates. Successful, well-functioning organizations most adapt to change, be flexible in their relationships, and innovative in their approach to business. They must not only have the capacity to react to change, but to anticipate change and act innovatively.

Benchmarking Information Security Efficiency
July 1, 2010, 4:07 pm

Recently the Ponemon Institute completed a new project, the Security Efficiency Benchmark Study, the purpose of which was to learn what IT security leaders in the UK and European think are the key components to having an efficient and effective security operation. In other words, we wanted to know what is necessary for achieving data security goals and protect information assets and infrastructure.

Think Before you Cloud
May 13, 2010, 9:02 am

A few years ago, when wireless networking was still relatively new, there were numerous reports of enterprising employees who, frustrated with the pace of new technology integration in their workplace, took it upon themselves to deploy rogue access points – often hidden behind furniture or above drop-down ceiling panels – in order to provide convenient mobility around the office.

Fear and Loathing in Online Advertising
May 3, 2010, 2:21 pm

Have you ever seen an interactive advertisement while browsing around on the Web and, even though it was from a brand that you recognized promoting a product, service or event that you found interesting, you simply refused to click on the image because of a nagging sense of trepidation? What really lies beyond that alluring digital veil? Is the offer worth the risk? What of my digital privacy might I be giving up by responding to that message?

The Road to Data Breach is Paved with Good Intentions
April 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

We recently completed some new research with Accenture in which we were surprised to find that, in spite of all the attention being paid to data protection, and in spite of new and updated data protection regulations, complacency is beginning to settle in among many companies.

Yes, I said complacency.

2010 Security in the Trenches
April 14, 2010, 10:23 am

We just completed a survey of federal IT security professionals to examine the data protection posture of government agencies. Through the survey, sponsored by CA, we wanted to see whether or not there is consistency in the perception of rank-and-file employees and executive management as it pertains to the safeguarding of sensitive information, regulatory compliance, and the day-to-day management and execution of a security program.

Training Is the Strongest Link
December 10, 2009, 3:50 pm

Today we held a RIM College event featuring three noted experts in corporate privacy training programs -- namely, Dean Forbes (Merck), Bob Posch (Merck) and John Block (Media Pro).  Our focus is: what are leading companies doing to achieve awareness and knowledge about privacy and data protection requirements?

Sophos & Ponemon Institute Announces New Study
December 5, 2009, 3:22 pm

We are pleased to present The State of Privacy and Data Security Compliance study conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Sophos. The purpose of the study is to determine if various international, federal and state data security laws improve an organization’s security posture. What is the value of compliance and does it correlate with the value of the compliance effort?

Crowe Horwath & Ponemon release HITECH study
November 21, 2009, 11:49 am

I am delighted to share with you our recently completed benchmark study that focuses on healthcare organizations and their ability to comply with new regulations. Of 77 participating covered entities and business associates, 27% percent have not started or are barely aware of what they need to do, 32% are waiting for more details, 14% have a plan but are waiting for more details, and 21% are just starting to act.  This data was collected from June through October 2009. If you are affected by the HITECH Act, this benchmark study may be helpful to you.

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