Companies Responsible For Securing Your Data Don’t Know Who’s In Charge: Percona

According to a new poll, leaders and decision-makers at some of the world’s largest companies and institutions have seemingly no idea who is ultimately in charge of securing sensitive customer and consumer information housed in their databases.

Percona, the leader in open source database solutions, conducted the online survey and found that responses to the very simple question of “Who is responsible for your database security?” ranged from “I don’t know” (7%) and the security team (12%) to system administrators (16%), developers (21%), and DBA’s (42%).

Perhaps even more troubling is that companies that have suffered data breaches and inadvertently leaked billions of records failed to institute relatively simple security measures to protect valuable user information, such as password protections, security systems, and adequate user training.

These numbers are further supported by key findings from Percona’s Open Source Data Management Software Survey, which found that:

  • 92% of survey respondents said their workplace uses more than one database service, compounding the issue of database security
  • A majority of companies rely on self-support for their databases, underscoring the importance of knowing who is ultimately in charge of database security

You can have a look at the survey here [WARNING: PDF].

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