Many companies' IT departments are making significant investments in data protection compliance, possibly to the detriment of company trade secrets. That's according to a recent survey of 305 companies worldwide. The Forrester Consulting study, funded by Microsoft and RSA, found that 39 percent of enterprise budgets are devoted to compliance-related security programs aimed at protecting custodial data, even though "trade secrets" comprise more than half of data stored, esecurityplanet.com reports. "This strongly suggests that investments are overweighed by compliance," the report states. The authors recommend remedies for correcting the imbalance, such as determining data value and creating a "risk register."
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