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Where In The World Is Your Sensitive Data? [Infographic]

Consumers rely on businesses to keep their personal information safe. Too few of those businesses are actively protecting that data. Here’s what’s gone wrong, and how businesses should be responding.

As a business leader tasked with keeping customer data safe, can you confidently say you really know what kind of data is on endpoints or in the cloud? Most CIOs today are challenged with the need to ensure mobile worker productivity while also addressing the problem of data sprawl brought about by the mobile workforce and by cloud services (Office365, Box, Salesforce, Dropbox, and so on).

Despite increasing pressure on companies to show compliance with global data privacy and other industry-specific regulations (including but by no means limited to HIPAA, FINRA, GLBA, and COPPA) that apply to sensitive data, IT lacks confidence to address these complex issues. You don’t have to look far to see the latest headlines, and in repeated examples it’s obvious that IT is caught unprepared when it comes to controlling and governing sensitive data.

The  infographic below defines basic types of data to be protected, and today’s trends related to rising risks and regulations. Scroll down for real-world tips to identify and take action to reduce your exposure.