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Survey: Major security breaches usually due to human error

Major security breaches, defined by a survey “as one that caused real harm, resulted in confidential information taken or interrupted business,” are slowly increasing and are most often attributed to human error (47%), rather than technical problems. The survey found 80% of respondents believe that human errors or mistakes were caused by a lack of IT security knowledge, a lack of training or a failure to follow security procedures. A survey of 896 Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) members and IT security professionals last December indicated that 39% experienced one to three major security breaches in the previous six months, an increase of 8% over its study a year ago. Respondents were from government, IT, financial and education sectors, among others. Full Story

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