If you think most data breaches are due to malicious insiders, you’d be wrong. Forrester found that only 12% of security incidents are caused by disgruntled employees with mal-intent. Whereas, a whopping 27% of security breaches were caused by employees’ inadvertent misuse of data.2
This means that if your business does experience a security breach, it’s 2x as likely to be perpetrated by a reliable employee rather than a disgruntled worker.
In short, your best employees could also be your greatest risk. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and let the debate begin!
- Forrester report finds most data breaches are caused by employees, John E. Dunn, PC World, 9/24/2012.
- PC World, 2012.
- The Need for Greater Focus on the Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Small and Midsize Businesses, Louis A. Aguilar, The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, October 19, 2015.