SOURCE: Courion Corporation

Courion Corporation

December 09, 2014 11:48 ET

Data Breach Disconnect: Courion Survey Demonstrates Difference Between Knowing About Access Risk and Ability to Fix It

97% Aware of Risk Created by Misused or Stolen Credentials, but Only 29% Confident of Organization's Ability to Detect Improper Access

WESTBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwired - December 09, 2014) - Call it the Data Breach Disconnect. A recent survey of IT security executives conducted by Courion®, a market-leading provider of intelligent identity and access management (IAM) solutions, reveals that while IT security executives understand the risk factors that lead to a data breach, their own organizations' may not be able to effectively remediate those access risks.

For example, 72 percent were certain their organization enforces a "least privilege" policy where employees only have access to what is needed to perform their daily duties, but 43 percent admit their organization is unaware when access privileges are increased or when access behavior departs from the norm. And an overwhelming majority, or 97 percent, acknowledge that misused or stolen access credentials provide a network entry point for hackers, but only 29 percent are confident that their organization is able to detect improper access.

"IT security executives are under tremendous pressure to provide open access to stakeholders while at the same time controlling access risks in the face of constant attacks," said Kurt Johnson, Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Courion. "Beyond perimeter defense, effective identity and access management is the answer to minimizing the likelihood or impact of a data breach, and IAM is made much easier with the diagnostic capabilities of identity analytics and intelligence."

Evidence of the need for a more intelligent approach to IAM is demonstrated by the fact that 43 percent of respondents know someone whose organization has suffered a data breach in the last six months, and 84 percent agree that it is not whether your organization will be breached, but rather, what you are able to do to reduce the damage of a breach.

With an identity and access intelligence solution, like Access Insight™, organizations can quickly and easily uncover access vulnerabilities, such as excess privileged access, users with entitlements gained through nested and inherited access rights, or orphaned accounts that need administrative oversight. Access Insight can be used with any leading Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) solution to reduce access risk and improve ongoing IAM operations.

In combination with the Access Assurance Suite, Access Insight helps automate routine provisioning tasks, identify and eliminate compliance issues as they occur, and predict and prevent the access issues that lead to risk. To learn more, contact (1) 866.Courion or

About Courion
Courion is the market leader in Identity and Access Management (IAM), from provisioning to governance to Identity and Access Intelligence (IAI). Many of the world's largest enterprises and organizations rely on Courion's solutions to confidently provide open and compliant access to thousands of employees while protecting critical company data and assets from unauthorized access. Courion has offices and operations in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia. To learn more about how you can add intelligent identity and access management solutions to your security controls, contact 866.Courion or

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