Security survey reveals data breaches are on the rise

Vancouver-based security vendor Absolute Software released today a survey of its customers’ none-too-positive thoughts on computer and data security.

Data breaches are a concern for corporations, according to the poll, which found that 20 per cent of respondents had already experienced a data breach. The information breached included confidential business information (39 per cent), employee information (22 per cent), customer information (22 per cent), and Social Security numbers (16 per cent).

Over half the companies believe that computers might have already been stolen and that it has gone unnoticed, and 20 per cent believe that sensitive data has been breached that no-one is aware of.

Sixty-one per cent of the companies thought that the majority of data breaches are committed internally.

Twenty per cent thought they could cost them at least $100,000, while another 16 per cent of respondents thought that a significant breach could cost $1-million or more.