Lately not a day goes by without a major news story on cybercriminals, hacktivists, and spies. These are generally viewed as the main threat actors behind the data breaches that we spend so much time — and budget — fighting. But what about Anne in Accounting, Sam in Sales and Paul in Production? While malicious attacks are certainly a significant problem and make for thrilling headlines, it’s mistakes made by people and systems that actually cause the majority of data breaches.
According to the 2013 Cost of a Data Breach study, negligence and system glitches together accounted for 64 percent of data breaches last year. These can include employees mishandling information, violations of industry and government regulations, inadvertent data dumps, stolen laptops, and wrongful access.