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Worry Over Data Security During Migration

By   /  September 21, 2012  /  1 Comment

by Angela Guess

SecurityPark.net reports, “Research conducted by Varonis Systems Inc., the leading provider of comprehensive data governance software, has found that while 95% of organisations move data at least once per year, 65% of those surveyed admitted that they were not confident sensitive data was protected during a migration. The research, conducted in August 2012 with C-Level IT executives, revealed that while migrations and consolidations affect virtually everyone, 96% of respondents reported concerns when performing data migrations, with many leaving their data overexposed and vulnerable.”

The article continues, “Respondents listed the most challenging and time consuming aspects of performing data migrations as maintaining availability (68%), identifying and cleaning up old, unused or redundant objects (67%) and keeping data safe by ensuring correct access permissions (59%). Despite these security concerns, a worrying 65% admitted that they were not very confident that sensitive data was only accessible to the right people during a migration. In fact, 79% admitted that they could not guarantee that their folders and SharePoint drives were safe from global access groups, with one third of these admitting that unprotected folders were rampant or unidentifiable. This is particularly worrying as nearly a third of migrations and consolidations are due to mergers and acquisitions, often leaving unprotected folders open to thousands more people after a migration.”

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photo credit: Varonis

  • Angela Guess is right on target – this is a concern that many companies struggle with. However, be assured that there are high level professionals with decades of information management expertise – and they do not make mistakes at any stage of a very diligent migration process.

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