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Study: 83 Percent of Executives Say Data Security Threats Are Increasing

Most business and IT executives believe data security threats are increasing.

Most business and IT executives believe data security threats are increasing, largely the consequence of adopting mobile, social and cloud technologies, according to a CompTIA survey.

Eighty-three percent of respondents said the security threat level at their organization is rising, while

Most business and IT executives believe data security threats are increasing, largely the consequence of adopting mobile, social and cloud technologies, according to a CompTIA survey.

Eighty-three percent of respondents said the security threat level at their organization is rising, while 32 percent suggested they've likely lost sensitive information during the past 12 months. Meanwhile, executives revealed several technologies are creating additional security risks.

"Billions of devices connect to the internet daily, and with each touch point there's a potential for new security vulnerabilities," said Tim Herbert, CompTIA's vice president of research. "With more data being produced and touched by more people, the potential for data loss or leakage grows accordingly."

The report said the interconnectivity of devices, systems and users is making it more difficult for businesses and IT departments to secure and manage data, leaving many organizations vulnerable to the growing threat of targeted cyberattacks.

Despite many American companies struggling to protect critical information, U.S. enterprises are, on average, more aware of data protection issues and solutions than most other nations. According to Lloyd's of London, U.S. firms consider data security as the fourth-highest risk priority, while European and Asia-Pacific nations rank it outside the top 10.

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