Security Breaches Are On The Rise, But Preventable

Security Breaches Are On The Rise, But Preventable

Recent research validates what most security professionals already know – security breaches are on the rise. However, what may be news to them is that some 92% of security breaches are actually avoidable!

According to PrivacyRights.Org, a data security information clearinghouse, security breaches cost US businesses $48 Billion in 2011 alone. Over the last five years, more than 562 Million records have been compromised. Nevertheless, security professionals have the power to prevent a majority of these incidents by taking some surprisingly easy measures.

Our cloud security team at Druva conducted a simple study to understand these threats. They found that:

  • 42% of these incidents could have been prevented using DAC (Data Access Control)
  • Source data encryption could have prevented another 28% of these compromises
  • Secure data backup could have prevented another 32% of the occurrences

US businesses could have saved some $44 Billion, not to mention the productivity and time savings associated with recovering from a data breach. Other intangibles to consider are failing customer sentiment and reputation.

If we take into account that 70% of security incidents occur because of an end user error (lost portable device, unintended disclosure, physical loss, etc), it’s increasingly important to insure ourselves with better technology. After all, end-users are human, and technology like backup, data loss prevention, and encryption can protect us from being ourselves.



Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet bootstrapped the company while defining the product, sales and marketing strategies that have resulted in Druva's early and impressive success. Prior to founding Druva, Jaspreet was a member of the storage foundation group at Veritas.