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Many firms fear impact of data security measures on business operations

Many technology executives around the world have held back from implementing critical measures that keep their organizations resilient against disruption and cyber threats, according to a new report from endpoint visibility software provider Tanium.

The company commissioned independent market research firm Censuswide to survey 504 CIOs and CISOs in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Japan in the fourth quarter of 2018. The findings reveal that 81 percent have refrained from adopting an important security update or patch due to concerns about the impact it might have on business operations. More than half (52 percent) said they had done so on more than one occasion.

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Red light illuminates the keys of a laptop computer at the Dreamhack digital festival in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Dreamhack is the world's largest digital festival and meeting place for gamers, fans and e-sport enthusiasts. Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

The study found that a lack of visibility across and devices and cloud infrastructure is preventing organizations from making confident decisions, operating efficiently, and remaining resilient against disruptions.

Nearly one third (32 percent) of respondents said that departments and business leaders work in silos, leaving them with a lack of control over IT operations. This has directly affected the business, with the majority (80 percent) of CIOs and CISOs having found out that a critical update or patch they thought had been deployed had not actually updated all devices, leaving the business exposed as a result.

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