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IT and Security Execs Share How They’re Protecting Data — Is It Enough?


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There has never been more data at the disposal of companies. But with such a vast amount of information available comes increasing concerns over data privacy. While organizations claim to emphasize security, it can be difficult for consumers to feel their data is safe. And rightly so. 

Threats are on the rise and growing in sophistication every day. It’s up to organizations to ensure that the data they collect stays secure and private despite an increasingly dangerous threat landscape. 

In a recent survey commissioned by FormAssembly, 250 IT and security executives shared the security tools and techniques they use during data collection and processing. Ranging from anti-virus software to team training and threat monitoring, these organizations have taken steps to mitigate security risks and protect consumer data. But is it enough?

Survey Results: Data Collection & Security Risks

Taking steps to minimize security risks should be the priority of every organization. For the leaders that participated in the survey, this involves several different measures.

Risk Mitigation Measures

  • 56% – Antivirus software
  • 55% – Endpoint security 
  • 48% – Firewalls
  • 48% – Threat monitoring
  • 45% – New policies and procedures
  • 44% – Network access controls
  • 43% – Encryption
  • 43% – User training
  • 35% – File sharing software
  • 34% – Patch management
  • 34% – Physical security

But while surveyed IT and security leaders clearly do take steps to keep data secure, 40% still reported poor or limited governance over their data collection tools. And less than 20% have full visibility into their data collection systems. 

To maintain a level of governance amidst low data visibility, these executives have enforced limitations. This includes limiting the number of systems and/or applications collecting data, the number of people with access to data, data collection sources, and the type and amount of data collected. But could there be a better way?

Being proactive about security at the start — through better data stewardship and a better data collection process — can have a lasting impact on visibility and governance. And make it easier for organizations to ensure customer data is protected even amidst evolving threats and regulations.

Solving the Challenge of Data Security, Visibility, and Governance

Ninety-five percent of surveyed IT and security leaders shared that they would consider a form-based digital data collection solution that integrated with business-essential systems, provided enterprise-grade security, and improved data visibility and governance.

Instead of relying on a patchwork of systems and security measures, adopting a centralized, scalable data collection solution solves several challenges. This consolidation of data collection sources and processes simultaneously helps improve data security, visibility, and governance.

A single platform gives IT and security leaders a single source of truth for their data collection processes. This eliminates the need to vet, acquire, and manage multiple third-party systems. Ultimately, with greater visibility into data collection processes, leaders can focus on enhancing security measures and maintaining governance over the personal data entrusted to them.

With FormAssembly, IT and security leaders get a secure enterprise data collection platform for gathering data, automating data processing, and improving efficiency. Users have a powerful, easy-to-use solution requiring no technical knowledge that can be up and running in minutes. The FormAssembly platform offers robust integration to Salesforce and advanced security, compliance, and privacy capabilities such as HIPAA, GDPR, GLBA, ISO 27001, SOC 2 Type 2, and more. 

Learn More in Our Webinar

Watch our “State of Data Collection” webinar to hear from FormAssembly’s CIO Jai Davda and FormAssembly partner Tomer Madori from TechUnity as they discuss the results of the survey and share their own experiences as leaders in this space. 

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