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Losing business secrets could cost your company millions

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An enterprise will lose an average of $1.2 million every year due to leaked informations, a new report from password management company 1Password claims.

Polling roughly 500 employees for the Hiding in Plain Sight report, 1Password found that two-thirds (65 percent) of organizations have more than 500 secrets (code, credentials and keys), with one in five (18 percent) having “more than they can count”.

As they try to manage these secrets, the companies have faced mounting expenses; IT and DevOps spend an average of 25 minutes every day managing secrets, which costs an enterprise $8.5 billion in annual payroll expenses. To make matters worse, half of respondents said the time needed to manage these secrets increased last year, with the explosion of cloud apps exacerbating the problem.

Despite this, many organizations still lose their secrets. But it’s not just money that’s at stake here; 40 percent experienced brand reputation damage or lost clients as a result of a data incident. Others had to delay ongoing projects.

The report hints that organizations could keep their secrets a lot better if their IT/DevOps departments weren’t prioritizing other tasks. Furthermore, security could be tightened up if senior employees weren’t as eager as they are to circumvent security policies.

The majority managers and executives have ignored or worked around company security policies to meet Covid-19 work demands - nearly triple the rate of individual IT/DevOps contributors (25 percent), the report concluded.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.