Two-thirds of enterprises use advanced tech without securing data: report

Two-thirds of global organizations that use advanced technologies aren't first appropriately securing their sensitive data, according to a new report.

The advanced technologies in the report include cloud technology and "Internet of Things" devices.

The revelation from a new report released Thursday by data protection company Thales e-Security and IT research firm 451 Research demonstrates the willingness of enterprises to deploy advanced technologies before verifying their security.

Sixty-three percent of senior security executives surveyed globally reported that their organizations are deploying advanced technologies without first having sufficient data security measures in place, according to the research. 

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“Where it comes to deploying the hottest contemporary technologies geared to effecting major changes in both business and IT, it’s a matter of ‘deploy first, secure later,’” the report states. 

A whopping 93 percent of the more than 1,100 executives surveyed said that their enterprises plan to use sensitive data in these advanced technologies. 

The report comes amid high concerns over cyberattacks in the public and private sectors, following massive data breaches at Yahoo and the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management. According to Thales’s research, nearly 90 percent of respondents reported feeling some degree of vulnerability to data threats. 

On Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled charges against four suspects in the 2014 Yahoo breach, including two Russian security service officers.

The survey released Thursday indicated that businesses are looking to use encryption as a way to secure sensitive data while using advanced technologies.