What’s the most dangerous part of your data? [SLIDESHARE]

When your company detects a security breach – and considering today’s landscape, sooner or later, it will – your team will likely spring into action with defense tactics. You’ll try to find the intruder’s entry point, search for weak spots within your network, identify suspicious employee activity and then re-evaluate your endpoint security strategy to ensure the intrusion won’t happen again.

Each one of these strategies will help steel your sensitive data against theft, but it won’t address the problem at hand. If you don’t know exactly where critical data is located within your environment, you’re not adequately prepared to protect it. And according to the Ponemon Institute, 93 percent of companies can’t locate their sensitive unstructured data. If your team falls into this majority, an impending security breach won’t only be an operational nightmare; it’ll be a rude awakening about the state of your most important information.

We asked companies in the field: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve found lurking unprotected in your data? Below, our latest SlideShare highlights their anonymous responses. We spoke with teams in industries ranging from real estate to higher education and legal, meaning the examples they share reflect the ways different spaces define sensitive data. However, each example has one thing in common: if a third party stole the data, the company in question could have been seriously damaged.

Click through the slides to read more details, and learn how to protect your own sensitive data, no matter where it lives.

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Devlyn Coelho

Devlyn Coelho is the Director of Corporate Marketing at DataGravity. She previously held marketing leadership roles at Enterprise Strategy Group, Dell, and EqualLogic.