New Ponemon Survey Shows 77% of UK Firms Sustained a Data Breach

As reported in Information Week, “[s]eventy-seven percent of C-level executives in a 115-person survey conducted in the U.K. say their organization has experienced a data breach at some point and all of them report attacks targeting corporate data in the past 12 months.”   This Ponemon Institute survey was sponsored by IBM. 

Interestingly, 75% of the survey’s respondents viewed the CIO as being responsible for data protection while 82% of respondents would not fire the CIO if he or she failed to stop a data breach.  This is a not so subtle recognition that companies are unable to completely avoid a cyber attack so firing for an inevitable outcome would be unfair.  This mature perspective provides yet another reason to evaluate network security and privacy insurance.