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Seven in ten organisations surveyed confirm compliance takes a toll

Cloud email security company Hornetsecurity has revealed a lack of resourcing to meet increasing needs for regulatory compliance within IT departments — arguing that nearly seven in ten of the companies it polled are seeing requirements exact a “moderate” or “extreme” impact.

Daniel Hofmann, chief executive at Hornetsecurity, said it had talked to some 200 companies and 69% agreed that compliance was hindering their IT department operations.

“It confirms our suspicion that there’s a widespread need for easy-to-use, effective compliance management solutions to enable companies to streamline data management and reduce the risk of data loss,” Hofmann said in an announcement.

According to Hornetsecurity, eight in ten companies are more worried about compliance than they were five years ago.

Additionally, four in five told the cloud security vendor that their organisation would benefit from easier compliance management when it came to Hornetsecurity’s main focus Microsoft 365 (M365).

“Even when using compliance features, like those present in M365, there are problems. Over half (52%) cited ‘lack of internal knowledge’ and 44% said ‘complexity’ causes issues, both of which can jeopardise effective data protection and compliance with laws and regulations,” company said.

One in five were already using an automated system for compliance instead of manual processes, it added.

One in eight companies (13%) said they couldn’t confirm if they were complying with required controls, according to the vendor.

At the same time, many suggested they weren’t storing data in the cloud due to a lack of trust or a “hard requirement” for data to be on the premises.

But Hofmann added said that easy-to-use, effective security solutions can protect data in the cloud as well as help meet compliance and governance requirements, pointing to Hornetsecurity’s own offerings.

With 365 Total Protection, users can add permissions management with 365 Permission Manager to help with M365 permissions, enforcing compliance policies, and monitoring violations in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, according to Hornetsecurity.

( Photo by Windows on Unsplash )

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