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The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) conducted a survey in March and April of 2004 with selected Storage magazine subscribers to assess attitudes regarding storage security. ESG surveyed 388 storage and 128 security professionals in 10 industry segments. Company size varied from less than $50 million in revenue to more than $5 billion. Quantitative analysis was supported by interviews. The data presented here reflects the responses of storage professionals unless otherwise noted. For more information, send an e-mail to info@enterprisestrategygroup.com.
From the boardroom to users' desktops, data security is a critical issue, yet storage security remains underserved, often leaving data vulnerable. Based on the results of a survey conducted by the Milford, MA-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) in conjunction with Storage magazine, ESG concluded that:
  • Storage security exposes significant weaknesses. Many companies--even those with strong commitments to security--revealed problems with storage security knowledge, IT processes and technology management.
  • Storage security breaches are a real threat. While most users haven't experienced problems, a significant percentage have suffered a storage security breach or aren't sure if their storage security has been compromised.
  • Storage vendors aren't pulling their weight. Users often rely on their storage vendors for help in dealing with storage security issues, yet many companies don't believe that storage vendors are committed to information security issues.
For more details on how the survey was conducted, see "Survey methodology".

This was first published in September 2004

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