Call it a matter of perspective: Results from a new survey show a dramatic disconnect between employees and IT within an organization.

According to Clearswift, a cyber security firm, 73 percent of US employees believe their company provides sufficient training on how to protect sensitive information, but 72 percent of IT professional think employers are not doing enough to educate employees.

Clearswift, based in Theale, UK and Mount Laurel, N.J., claims the research underscores the need for more collaboration between the executive team, IT, HR and other employees within an organization to ensure the safety of sensitive information and intellectual property (IP).

"Most employees are not acting maliciously, but their carelessness can be just as damaging,” said Heath Davies, CEO at Clearswift.

Other findings:

  • 62 percent of businesses worldwide think their employees don’t care enough about the implications of a security breach to change their behavior
  • 57 percent say they need to make employees care more about the ramifications of a breach, explain the risks and talk about cases in the media
  • 10 percent of employees have lost a device containing sensitive business information
  • 12 percent have used Shadow IT without authorization
  • 37 percent of respondents say they have access to information that is above their position in the company
  • 45 percent of U.S. employees recognize that IP could damage their company if leaked

More than half of US employees (56 percent) have access to Intellectual property — such as new code for software products, trade secrets, designs and strategic plans. But less than half of US employees recognize that IP could damage their company if leaked.

“IP is often a company’s most prized possession, if it were to fall into a competitor’s hands, or even unauthorized hands, it could cause immense financial damage to a company," Davies said.

The bottom line: Executives must make security a priority to avoid mistakes that can lead to the loss of data.

Origami Logic Expands the C-Suite

Origami Logic has named Michael Logan, formerly Sprinkr's global VP of sales, as its first chief revenue officer. The 18-month-old Menlo Park, Calif.-based marketing technology company is expanding its senior leadership team following its recent $25 million Series C funding round.

Logan will report to Origami Logic CEO and co-founder Opher Kahane and oversee sales, customer success, implementation and support.

Kahane's expects Logan's "ability to consistently drive substantial revenue growth and build high-performance sales and customer success teams" to accelerate the company's growth.

Before joining Origami Logic, Logan helped scale social media management provider Sprinklr from its early customer base to more than 500 brands in three years.

Before Sprinklr, he was a VP of sales for Aprimo (now part of Teradata) for more than a decade, supporting the company’s climb to market leadership in the marketing resource management space. At Aprimo, he built the customer base from zero to 200 top brands, leading global deployments and driving more than 50 percent of the annual revenue. He also held senior leadership roles at PTC and Eastman Kodak.

Speed Thrills

The quality of a website’s user experience is just as important as the quality of a brand’s merchandise when it comes to greater online spend, according to an Instart Logic survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Instart Logic helps businesses speed up the delivery of their cloud applications. So it's not too surprising that it suggests that sites and apps that are clean and streamlined, with less load times and less pages to navigate, can have the greatest impact on a consumer’s online shopping decisions.

The survey also concluded:

  • 62 percent of respondents said they used their mobile phones for their entire shopper’s journey – from discovery, to research, to the purchasing of an item
  • Of those surveyed, about half (47 percebt) would complete a purchase on a laptop/desktop after researching it on their mobile device
  • Consumers would mobile shop more often if mobile sites/apps loaded faster (59 percent) and if they felt purchases were more secure (43 percent)

If Dr. Seuss Explained Big Data ...

You may know FICO more as that faceless conglomerate that determines the score that sets the interest rate you pay on everything from credit cards to home mortgages. 

But FICO is really a big data company. Heck, Forrester rated it highly in its Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions for the second quarter of 2015.

So as the workweek draws to a close, we decided to share a Little Video about Big Data, animated and narrated in Dr. Seuss style.