Microsoft and RSA announced this morning the results of a commissioned global survey conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft and RSA, entitled "The Value of Corporate Secrets."

Among other discoveries, the survey of 305 IT security decision-makers worldwide revealed that enterprises are investing heavily in compliance and protection against accidental leaks of custodial data (such as customer information), but under-investing in protection against theft of far more valuable corporate secrets.

Together, Forrester, Microsoft and RSA are providing a set of recommendations within the study to help enterprises ensure that their information security strategies are appropriately balanced, including: 

  • Identify the most valuable information assets in the company's portfolio
  • Create a "risk register" of data security risks that document specific threat scenarios
  • Assess and reprioritize  the IT security program's balance between compliance and protecting secrets
  • Increase vigilance of external and third-party business relationships
  • Measure data security program effectiveness

The Forrester Consulting Study sponsored by Microsoft and RSA is available here.

The full press release on this announcement can be found on the Microsoft PressPass site here.