Take the uncertainty out of data security by getting ahead of the trends

Business and IT decision makers are finally carrying the banner of data security, recognizing not only the safety it brings, but also the opportunity.

Off the backburner and into the boardroom, data security is finally taking its rightful  place in the corporate environment. But there is still work to be done. Even as companies recognize the benefits of data security, they are struggling to  develop  programs  that  effectively  incorporate it without detracting from other business initiatives. They may have tools in place to address data security needs, yet companies are still reporting gaps in their comfort level with implementing or expanding programs that rely on these technologies.

In November 2015, Dell commissioned a survey to obtain  a comprehensive look at how decision makers in the mid-market – as well as the C-Suite – view data security trends and the impact  these are having on their businesses. The results included responses from  more  than  1,300 business and IT decision makers across seven countries.


Data security has become a priority for C-suite executives, however 67 percent of IT teams feel execs are not budgeting enough.

Although  the C-suite might be more involved in data security than in the past, IT teams feel executives still are not allocating  the energy or resources needed to properly  address data security challenges.

According to the survey, nearly 3 in 4 decision makers agree that data security is a priority for their organization’s C-suite, but there are concerns that senior executives don’t pay enough  attention and aren’t well informed about data security issues and tools. The findings also show that 3 in 4 decision makers say their C-suite plans to increase current  security measures, and more  than half expect to spend more money  on data security in the coming years.

However,  cost is a concern when it comes  to building  on existing security programs – 53 percent cite cost constraints  for why they don’t anticipate adding additional security features in the future, and only 1 in 3 businesses are very confident in their C-suite’s ability to budget enough  for data security solutions  over the next five years.

Despite improvements in C-suite buy-in, IT departments still need more business support to properly integrate data security.

Even though data security has become more of a priority for companies,  many aren’t approaching it as efficiently  as IT teams would  like. A lack of investment in the right technologies and shortage of talent are both barriers to fine tuning data security programs.


Increased attention on data security is a promising step. Still, data security professionals must continue the work of educating  C-suite executives, dispelling misconceptions, and introducing their companies to the world  of tools and opportunities available.

Protecting data by limiting employee mobility is a significant concern.

The common narrative is that all offices are becoming more mobile,  but the truth is that security is halting mobility more than some companies would  like.


With more employees  utilizing public cloud  services like Box and Google Drive in the workplace, businesses feel less than confident in their ability to control risks these applications  pose.


Of all threats, malware and weaponized attacks worry decision makers most.

Even as businesses take strides toward  understanding why data protection is vital, many still lack confidence in their ability to protect themselves.


Download the complete 2016 Dell Data Security Report below, or learn more at Dell.com/datasecurity


Dell Data Security delivers award-winning products, including Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite v1.0 which was named by the Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, as a Gold winner of the 2016 Global Excellence Awards® in endpoint security for organizations with 2,500 employees or more.