Study: IT Decision Makers Keep Sensitive Data In The Cloud

A study from Vormetric reveals 60 percent of U.S. IT decision makers surveyed keep sensitive data in the cloud.  The 2015 Vormetric Insider Threat Report (ITR) is based on a survey conducted online on its behalf by Harris Poll in fall 2014 among 818 IT decision makers globally, including 408 in the United States, and analysis was performed in conjunction with analyst firm Ovum. 

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