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Cyber Security: 75% of data breaches are inside jobs

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 12:30 GMT Jump to Comments

High profile data breaches are often the work of hacker collectives like Anonymous, but it turns out that many more come at the hands of a company's own employees.

According to new research from Forrester, only 25% of data breach cases are the work of external attackers.

That leaves a whopping 75% coming from inside the company. Of these, 12% were breached with ill intent according to Forrester. 63% of the issues caused by something more mundane, like losing or misplacing corporate assets, the report found.

Physical theft of items like laptops and smartphones is part of the 63% as well, as is “inadvertent misuse” of company privileges and equipment.

Physical theft of items like laptops and smartphones is part of the 63% as well, as is “inadvertent misuse” of company privileges and equipment.

Forrester surveyed more than 7,000 employees across North America and Europe, and found that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is fuelling mobile security concerns within enterprise.

Around 30% of survey respondents said that they didn’t think there was enough of a dividing line between consumer and corporate data on mobile devices.

“Whether their actions are intentional or unintentional, insiders cause their fair share of breaches,” wrote Shey.

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