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Employees, not hackers, cause most corporate data loss

October 14, 2008

Employees, not hackers, cause most corporate data loss

Ars Technica, October 12, 2008

Hackers often get the blame, but according to a new survey by Compuware, employees are surprisingly the cause of most data breaches. According to the research, of the 1,112 IT practitioners surveyed, 79 percent reported that their organization had experienced at least one data breach. And despite popular belief, only 1 percent of corporate data losses this past year were at the hands of hackers.

While the author appropriately wished that the results had offered more details on the types of data breaches that occurred, the research results make it clear that many IT professionals lack confidence in their organization’s ability to respond to data breaches. According to the survey, 31 percent of respondents lack confidence in their employer’s ability to detect breaches. Yet another 75 percent believe that negligent insiders are to blame for most occurrences.

Are you surprised by the results? When data breaches occur in your organization, who is to blame? Hackers or employees?

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