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Experts: Human Error More Likely Than A Hack

DATA PROTECTION

April 13, 2012

Canadian Underwriter reports that human error due to carelessness with unencrypted work data is more common than a hacker's success when it comes to breaches, noted a panel of experts at a recent event to discuss the topic. Companies are still too casual about handling sensitive information, one expert said, while another panelist noted companies must do a better job of creating a "climate of security" when it comes to data. Encrypting data is crucial, noted another expert, especially when it comes to victims proving in court that they have been "harmed" as a result of a breach. "Sometimes it might be unclear as to whether the information could be used in a harmful way," the expert said, "but I would say that whether or not the data has been encrypted is a very, very important consideration."
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