August 14, 2016 Leave a comment
A new survey exploring the main causes of corporate data breaches suggests that three out of four organizations in the US have been hit with the loss or theft of sensitive data in the last two years — and insiders are usually the ones at fault.
According to the researchers involved in the study, rising data breach and information loss is often due in part to compromised employee accounts, which is further exacerbated by staff and third parties having access to more sensitive information than they need.
In addition, the “continued failure” by businesses to properly monitor access and activity around email and file systems is to blame.
The report, “Closing Security Gaps to Protect Corporate Data: A Study of US and European Organizations,” conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Varonis, surveyed over 3,000 employees in the US, UK, France, and Germany. End users and IT staff came from industries including finance, the public sector, healthcare, retail, and technology.