Jan 15

Syncsort Survey Finds Disconnect Between Confidence in IT Security Programs and Data Breaches

Syncsort has announced results from a survey exploring companies’ top IT security investments and challenges. The survey revealed a sizable gap between confidence in security programs and their effectiveness

The survey of over 300 respondents found that while 85 percent of respondents are either very or somewhat confident in their organization’s security program, 41 percent said their company had experienced a security breach and 20 percent more were unsure.

The survey also uncovered several challenges and liabilities in security practices that contradict their high levels of confidence.

IT Infrastructure Knowledge and Security Investments Reveal Vulnerabilities Around Newer Data Sources

Cloud and Compliance Are Security Challenges

Most Organizations Only Perform Security Audits Annually

Organizations Are Investing in Security, but Mostly Around Basic Measures

Data Breaches Are Common, and Most Organizations Don’t Meet Breach Response Metrics

“The good news is most organizations are auditing their security systems,” said Terry Plath, Senior Vice President, Support and Services, Syncsort. “The bad news is more than two-thirds of audits are done by in-house staff – meaning they’re more likely to be biased – and only once per year. This may not be enough to keep up with the newer and more sophisticated approaches malicious hackers are constantly developing. The bottom line is that data security requires increased focus from IT organizations, particularly against the backdrop of increasing compliance regulations and emerging data rights.”

For more information on the study results, register for our webcast, “The State of IT Security for 2019: Results from Syncsort’s Security Survey.”


Syncsort polled over 300 respondents, 78 percent of whom have more than 100 employees at their organization. Participants represented a range of industries including government & public safety, education, financial services and healthcare.