Companies invested millions in privacy in 2014

As the number of data breaches in the U.S. reached 708 in 2014, new research shows that companies are investing millions in privacy and multiple business units are now involved in addressing growing consumer concerns and compliance risks.

The findings are from an independent survey commissioned by TRUSTe amongst 200 privacy professionals at companies with more than 1000 employees. Results showed that 30% of organizations budgeted more than $1 million in privacy in 2014. Notably, 71% of respondents cited that data privacy management was “very important” or “important” to their company, signifying a strong focus on privacy investment in the majority of organizations in the upcoming year.

Additional highlights from the survey include:

  • 30% of organizations budgeted more than $1 million in privacy in 2014
  • Nearly 4 out of 10 (39%) cited that 21 or more individuals in their organization are currently involved in privacy initiatives as their primary responsibility
  • 7 out of 10 (71%) noted that data privacy management was “very important” or “important” to their company
  • The budget for privacy management initiatives spanned across six different departments including Marketing, Compliance, Legal and Security/IT.

These statistics reinforce the high priority of privacy investment at large enterprises. Findings from the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) recent survey of Fortune 1000 Chief Privacy Officers indicated that privacy investment was likely to reach $3 billion over the next year with 38% of respondents indicating an estimated increase in budget of 34%.

“As the budgets to fund privacy initiatives continue to rise and now span across multiple business units, privacy investment is clearly becoming an important company-wide focus for organizations in 2015,” said Chris Babel, CEO, TRUSTe. “New research from TRUSTe reaffirms that privacy is important for the majority of companies and they are investing millions in privacy to combat growing consumer concerns, build trust and reduce compliance risk.”

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Companies invested millions in privacy in 2014