What is the 2019 Thales Data Threat Report, Federal Edition?

What is the 2019 Thales Data Threat Report, Federal Edition?

The 2019 Thales Data Threat Report (DTR), Federal Edition is based on a global IDC web-based survey of 1,200 executives with responsibility for or influence over IT and data security from nine countries, and a range of industries. Job titles range from C-level executives to SVP/VP, IT Administrator, Security Analyst, Security Engineer, and Systems Administrator. Respondents represent a broad range of organizational sizes, with the majority ranging from 500 to 10,000 employees. The survey was conducted in November 2018.

The Federal Edition focuses on the findings from the 100 U.S. Federal Government respondents, providing comparisons and contrast to other U.S. vertical markets. For global roll-up findings and analysis, please see

Key Findings

Key findings in the 2019 DTR Federal Edition include:

  • Federal Government agencies are playing digital transformation catch-up
  • Federal agencies may be approaching a security spend ceiling
  • Threat vectors for the Federal Government are broadening
  • Respondents believe they have adequate security (which may be a false sense of complacency)
  • Increasing complexity in Federal data environments is a top barrier to data security
  • Federal Government agencies are broadly adopting clouds for their sensitive data, but respondents have a number of cloud security concerns
  • Agencies are taking a multi-layered approach to security
  • Federal Government’s aspirational desires for data security may outstrip budget realities
  • Regulatory and compliance changes have introduced new challenges
  • Federal Government encryption rates are low

The report also examines Federal Government data security as it relates to:

  • The cloud
    • Software as a service
    • Infrastructure as a service
    • Platform as a service
  • Mobile payments
  • Internet of things
  • Big data
  • Containers/Docker
  • Blockchain

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