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Excessive Employee Access Privileges Expose Corporate Data to Risk: Survey

A recent report from the Ponemon Institute underscores the challenges businesses face when they trying to secure user access to data.

According to a survey of 2,276 employees (1,166 IT pros and 1,110 end users) from organizations in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, 71 percent of end users said they had access to data they should not see, and more than half (54 percent) said this access is either frequent or very frequent.

Some 80 percent of the IT pros said their organization does not enforce a strict least-privilege data model, and only 47 percent of the 1,166 IT professionals said end users in their organizations are taking appropriate steps to protect company data accessed by them. What's more, only 22 percent of both groups felt their organization placed a very high priority on protecting critical information.

"Employees are often left with needlessly excessive data access privileges and loose data-sharing policies," according to the report. "Compounding the risk,...(continued)

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