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!


  1. Forrester report finds most data breaches are caused by employees, John E. Dunn, PC World, 9/24/2012.
  2. PC World, 2012.
  3. 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.