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Report: Most Breaches Come From the Inside

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

October 15, 2013

A new report reveals that the most common cause of a data breach within an organization stems from inadvertent misuse of data by employees, PCWorld reports. Conducted by Forrester Research, the report, Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy, surveyed organizations from Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the U.S. with two or more employees. Approximately 42 percent of small- to medium-sized organizations surveyed had received some sort of internal data protection training. Forrester Analyst Heidi Shey, author of the report, said, “A lot of organizations haven’t invested in a dedicated privacy group or function,” and many IT departments have privacy as an extra layer, adding that, moving forward, organizations may conclude they need a dedicated privacy group. Meanwhile, startup Lookout is stepping into the bring-your-own-device arena by offering an app that bolsters smartphones against data breaches.
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