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The Real Data Breach Risks Are Right Under Your Nose

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 11, 2014

Employees—not cyber-criminals—pose the biggest threat to companies today when it comes to data breaches and data loss, according to a recent report.  

The study of 1,100 IT security professionals from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany conducted by the Ponemon Institute shines a spotlight on the escalating risk posed by ungoverned file-sharing practices among employees. According to the report, 61 percent of respondents confessed to engaging in at least one of the following practices on a regular basis:

  • Sent files or documents to unauthorized individuals outside the organization;
  • Used their personal file-sharing apps in the workplace;
  • Shared files through unencrypted e-mail; or
  • Failed to delete confidential documents or files as required by company policy.


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