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Study: Data Recovery Outsourcing Weak Link

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

January 11, 2012

According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, organizations need to improve their vetting of third-party data recovery services. Among the respondents whose companies suffered a data breach, 21 percent said the event occurred when a hard drive was outsourced to a third-party data recovery service provider, InfoWorld reports. "Trends in Security of Data Recovery Operations" surveyed 769 IT specialists--the majority of whom report to a CIO or CISO--across industry sectors in the U.S., including healthcare, financial and government. Ponemon recommends that companies develop policy guidelines when selecting a provider; institute training programs for employees, and ensure the provider's employees are trained in leading encryption products, among others.
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