Gemalto‘s third-annual Data Security Confidence Index says a majority of organizations continue to depend on basic perimeter security systems against data breaches regardless of increased cyber threats worldwide.
The company said Wednesday that 61 percent of the 1,100 IT decision maker respondents believed that their basic perimeter security methods such as firewalls, IDPS and anomaly detection were effective at preventing unauthorized network access.
Sixty-nine percent were unsure of their data would be safe in the event of a data breach.
“This research shows that there is indeed a big divide between perception and reality when it comes to the effectiveness of perimeter security,” said Jason Hart, Gemalto vice president and CTO for data protection.
“The new reality is that IT professionals need to shift their mindset from breach prevention to breach acceptance and focus more on securing the breach by protecting the data itself and the users accessing the data,” he added.
Gemalto noted an increase in the number of data breaches over past year as 64 percent of respondents had experienced a data breach in the last five years, 30 percent in 2015 and 27 percent within the last 12 months.
The survey results suggest that although organizations have increased their investments in security parameters, there is no improvement on data security, said Gemalto.