Half of all firms are not taking data security seriously enough, a new survey commissioned by security company Lumension reveals.

The poll, conducted by information security company the Ponemon Institute, found that 49 per cent of people surveyed do not believe data security is considered a strategic initiative for their companies.

A similar proportion (48 per cent) said their firms have allocated insufficient resources to achieve effective data security and regulatory compliance.

Some 47 per cent of respondents said one of the primary reasons for not having an effective data security programme in place is a lack of support for information security efforts by a chief executive officer.

Patrick J Clawson, chairman and chief executive of Lumension, said: “This year’s Ponemon Survey reinforces the need for IT security and IT operations practitioners to continually look for better alignment points within their organisations.”

David Emms, senior security researcher at Kaspersky, recently said that increased media coverage of data breaches is causing firms to realise the importance of keeping their business lists and consumer lists safe and secure.

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