Survey: Security Jeopardized by ‘Data Hoarding’
The smart move is to save all your data, right? Not so fast. When it comes to compromising businesses’ data security and management, those years and years of backups may be doing more harm than good.
Specifically, businesses are becoming increasingly concerned with the impact of “data hoarding” – the practice of saving unnecessary files over prolonged periods. According to a recent survey of 10,022 global office professionals on how individuals manage data, 77% are more concerned with data hoarding than they were a year ago.
Among the findings:
Unfortunately, all that extraneous data can increase the time it takes to respond to a data breach. And what’s being saved could be dangerous enough on its own – 83% of IT decision makers admitted they retained detrimental items such as:
Overwhelmingly, most of the “junk” saved amounts to unnecessary personal files – about 96% of it, according to respondents.
If any of this sounds familiar, it might be time for your organization to do some spring cleaning before the data deluge becomes too big a problem to handle!