Risky use of real data in application development

Most organizations in the U.S. and U.K. put their sensitive customer and company data at risk during their application development and testing processes, according to a new study.

Although nearly 80 percent of the firms surveyed in the Ponemon Institute report say they have been hit by at least one data breach in the past 12 months, most of them use live customer records, employee records, credit cards, and other sensitive company information in their development and testing of applications. And 70 percent of them don’t bother using any data-masking methods to protect that data, according to the report, which was commissioned by Micro Focus.

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