Looking over numbers from the Ponemon Institute’s 2011 Cost of a Data Breach study again, the numbers on root causes of breaches jumped out at me:
- 41% of data breaches examined in the study were caused by negligence
- 31% of the breaches were due to malicious or criminal attacks, up from 24% in 2009 and 12% in 2008
There are a number of tools to fight negligence, including education, executing best practices and vigilance. More challenging is increasing data protection amid the surge in malicious attacks coming from inside and outside the organization.
What’s encouraging? Ponemon says more companies are being proactive about data protection.
The infographic below, produced by SEO.com for Dell, gives a bit more context for the threat environment.
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