Study Finds Lapses in Securing Access to Sensitive Information

Sila Solutions Group, a North American technology and management consulting firm, in partnership with the Ponemon Institute, a research organization on data protection and emerging information technologies, has released the results of The 2019 Study on Privileged Access Security, the company said.

The primary takeaway from this study is that insufficient privileged access management (PAM) practices continue to be a critical challenge for many organizations despite significant risks of data breaches and security incidents.

According to more than 650 North American respondents, 70 percent think it likely that privileged users within their organizations are accessing sensitive or confidential data for no discernible business need and more than half expect privilege user abuse to increase in next 12-24 months.

Interestingly, the primary reason users have unnecessary access to sensitive resources is that all users at their level are given privileged access, even if it is not required to perform their job assignment.

Sila is a technology and management consulting firm that provides substantial solutions in the areas of identity and access management, data analytics, cybersecurity and risk, software engineering and integration, strategy and transformation, and digital and creative services. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and Federal government agencies.