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Insiders, Not Hackers, Cause Most Data Breaches, Says New Study

Most network security breaches are caused by insiders, rather than by hackers, viruses, or worms, according to a new study released by the think tank Ponemon Institute. In the study, 69% of companies reported that their data security breaches were the result of either malicious employee activities or non-malicious employee error. The leading single cause of data security breaches was non-malicious employee error, at 39%. Only 16% of serious data leaks were linked to hackers or break-ins. Of the 163 companies surveyed, 75% reported that a serious security breach had occurred within the past year. The survey also covered the most common types of data security breaches. Most data breaches involve the loss of confidential business information, followed closely by the loss of personal customer information. Full Story

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