Dark data exceeds 50%, creating major security blind spot for organizations: Veritas Study
A new Veritas study highlights how companies are putting themselves at risk by failing to properly classify data, including essential data. The research found that over half (52%) of the data stored by the average organization is untagged ‘dark data’ over which the company has little to no visibility. Dark data is an ideal target for threat actors looking to access valuable information without being noticed.
Dark data is most prevalent across mobile devices and in cloud environments. Two in three (67%) firms don’t classify the majority of their mobile data while this is true for 61% of companies when it comes to data in public cloud environments. The report also found that a staggering 69% of companies think cloud service providers are handling data protection, data privacy and compliance, even though this is usually the responsibility of the organizations themselves.