Bots conduct more than half (52 percent) of all Internet traffic flow today, and for some organizations they represent more than 75 percent of their total traffic, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute sponsored by cyber security vendor Radware.

This is a significant finding, the study said, considering that one third of organizations can’t distinguish between “good” bots and “bad” ones.

The report, based on a global survey of more than 600 security executives from the retail, healthcare, and financial services sectors, found that nearly half (45 percent) of respondents had experienced a data breach in the last year.

More than two thirds (68 percent) are not confident they can keep corporate information safe. In addition, companies often leave sensitive data under-protected. More than half (52 percent) do not inspect the traffic they transfer to-and-from APIs, and 56 percent do not have the ability to track data once it leaves the company.

Any organization that collects information on European citizens will soon be required to meet the strict data privacy laws imposed by General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which take effect in May 2018. However, with less than a year until the due date, 68 percent of organizations are not confident they will be ready to meet these requirements in time.

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.