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    USA Today: 43% of companies had a data breach in the past year

    USA Today reports on new research from the Ponemon Institute concerning the privacy and security of data at companies and the increasing number of breaches:

    SAN FRANCISCO – A staggering 43% of companies have experienced a data breach in the past year, an annual study on data breach preparedness finds.

    The report, released Wednesday, was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, which does independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy. That’s up up 10% from the year before. […]

    Despite the rise in breaches, 27% of companies didn’t have a data breach response plan or team in place, though that’s down from 39% who didn’t have them in the previous year’s survey.

    Even in companies that have breach plans in place, employees aren’t convinced they will work. Only 30% of those responding to the survey said their organization was “effective or very effective” at creating such plans. […]

    The survey was conducted in , 2014 and included 567 U.S. executives, most of whom reported to their company’s information security officers.

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