The online survey of 257 security professionals was conducted between February 4 and March 12, 2010, and covered a range of security topics including smartphones, healthcare, cloud computing and social media.
Other key findings include:
* 81% feel cyber security in the U.S. has increased over the last 12 months * 76% believe the public sector is not doing an adequate job of keeping personal data secure * Only 22% believe the level of cyber security investment in the private sector in the U.S. today is sufficient given the risk environment
"The risk to critical infrastructure, intellectual property and personal information from data breaches is very high and continues to grow," said Abe Kleinfeld, nCircle's CEO. "Unfortunately, the wide variety of state laws that have been passed in efforts to protect consumers have not proven sufficient for the increased risk environment."
"Security professionals know that allowing private industry to 'self-regulate' on security issues hasn't worked so far, and it's unlikely to improve without some external stimulus. That's where regulation comes in. In other industries regulation has driven improvements that, while not perfect, have begun to turn the tide. A federal data breach law could become a catalyst for increased security investment and awareness for businesses of every size," noted Kleinfeld.
nCircle is the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. More than 4,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive solutions to manage and reduce security risk and achieve compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Additional information about nCircle is available at www.ncircle.com.