Palo Alto, Calif. - Nearly two-thirds of security executives believe they have no way to prevent a data breach, according to research by the Ponemon Institute, an Elk Rapids, Mich.-based privacy and information management research firm. What's more, most respondents believe their organizations lack the accountability and resources necessary to enforce data security policy compliance.The survey report – "National Survey on the Detection and Prevention of Data Breaches" – was sponsored by Palo Alto, Calif.-based PortAuthority Technologies Inc. and examines the responses of 853 randomly selected, U.S.-based information security professionals to questions related to data protection and prevention within their organizations.

An analysis of the study suggests that, in spite of increased attention and intense media and public scrutiny, the state of data security within U.S. corporations remains a  serious challenge. Key findings of the study include:

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