Ponemon says 40% of companies do not monitor databases

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Elk Rapids, Mich.—Forty percent of organizations do not monitor their databases for suspicious activity or don’t know if such monitoring occurs, according to the results of a Ponemon Institute survey.

The Ponemon Institute, an independent researcher of information and privacy practices, conducted an online survey of 649 respondents in corporate IT departments worldwide. More than half of those organizations have 500 or more databases. Customer data represent the most common type contained within these databases.

The study found that “trusted” insiders’ ability to compromise critical data was cited as the most serious concern, with 57% of respondents saying there was inadequate protection against malicious insiders; 55% expressed concern about “data loss” by internal entities.

—Carol Krol

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