NEW YORK, Oct. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Employees and IT professionals in German organizations are more confident about their ability to resist the growing risks of cyberattacks and insider threats than their counterparts in the US, UK and France. Those are among the findings from a new study of more than 3,000 end-user employees and IT practitioners across the U.S. and Europe.
The report was conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Varonis Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNS), a leading provider of software solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyberattacks. The new release, “Differences in Security Practices and Vigilance Across UK, France, Germany and US,” compares the responses of IT professionals and end-user employees in these four countries. The total of 3,027 respondents included 1,109 people in the United States, 670 people in Germany, 655 people in the UK, and 593 people in France, who work in organizations ranging in size from dozens to tens of thousands of employees in a variety of industries including financial services, public sector, health care and life sciences, retail, industrial, and technology and software.
Among the key findings:
Commenting on the findings, Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of Ponemon Institute, a leading research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy, said, “Cultural and business norms vary from country to country, especially in the balance between employee privacy and organizational security. This can affect attitudes, preparedness and resistance to insider threats and cyberattacks. The frequency and severity of data loss and theft continue to rise in a disturbing trajectory. There is far greater employee and third-party access to sensitive information than necessary. Monitoring access and activity around email and file systems is an essential part of protecting data. Executive and IT security leadership have an imperative to improve communication so that all employees and contractors understand their roles in contributing to the protection of important and sensitive data.”
David Gibson, Varonis Vice President of Strategy and Market Development, said, “This is a wake-up call about the lack of modern protections and the lack of leadership – both in the executive suite and among IT management. Most high-profile intrusions involve the theft of files and emails that were not protected. Insider threats and outside attackers that compromised insider credentials have caused major damage to those organizations and their reputations. Varonis is helping thousands of organizations around the world address these challenges in ways that not only dramatically reduce risk, but also improve productivity and efficiency.”
Note to Editors
This new analysis draws from data collected by the Ponemon Institute for Varonis, derived from interviews conducted in April and May 2016.
Varonis is a leading provider of software solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyberattacks. Through an innovative software platform, Varonis allows organizations to analyze, secure, manage, and migrate their volumes of unstructured data. Varonis specializes in file and email systems that store valuable spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, audio and video files, emails, and text. This rapidly growing data often contains an enterprise’s financial information, product plans, strategic initiatives, intellectual property, and confidential employee, customer or patient records. IT and business personnel deploy Varonis software for a variety of use cases, including data security, governance and compliance, user behavior analytics, archiving, search, and file synchronization and sharing. With offices and partners worldwide, Varonis had approximately 4,800 customers as of June 30, 2016, spanning leading firms in financial services, healthcare, public, industrial, insurance, energy and utilities, media and entertainment, consumer and retail, technology and education sectors.
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