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Study Finds Gov't Insider Breaches Soaring

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November 18, 2011

CBC News reports on a new study indicating that government Internet data breaches by insiders are on the rise. While IT security breaches across all sectors dropped by 50 percent--with government breaches dropping 23 percent from 2010--that was not the case for insider breaches in the government sector, which include both malicious and accidental incidents. Insider breaches "grew by 28 percent between 2010 and 2011 and are up 68 percent since 2008," the report states, now comprising 42 percent of those reported by government entities. That compares to insiders being responsible for 27 percent of breaches at public organizations and 16 percent at private businesses, the report states.
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