Last month, the Ponemon Institute released findings from a poll conducted around cybersecurity risk and knowledge. More than 600 individuals in the United States familiar with and involved in their company’s approach to managing knowledge assets were surveyed….74 percent of respondents say it is likely that their company failed to detect a data breach involving the loss or theft of knowledge assets and 60 percent of respondents say it is likely that one or more pieces of their company’s knowledge assets are now in the hands of a competitor (Ponemon).

As a company grows, so does the amount of data and intellectual property they possess. The number one threat to data and asset protection are the company’s employees – both current and former. That same poll documented that 40% of respondents do NOT currently have a training program for employees to familiarize them with best practices. As companies become more mobile and more employees are working remotely, the risk increases dramatically.

Before deploying security tactics, 5thColumn conducts an in-depth assessment typically taking between 30 – 45 days to complete. This shows the engineers who, what, and where the greatest risks or threats are. Data and information like this allows customers to train their employees on specific areas that are the most in need – shown by the report. We work with our customers to ensure that their employees are educated and actively taking steps to protect their employer.