Data Breaches Often Originate Behind Your Defenses

Steve Durbin Managing Director, Information Security Forum

No business is immune from cybercrime and the theft of personal information and intellectual property will increase as the ability to turn raw data into money-spinning opportunities increases. The response to cybercrime is a business decision – and is all about risk management. Between human error and malicious insiders, time has shown us the majority of data breaches originate inside company walls.

In some cases, those insiders are driven by malicious intent – either to enrich themselves by selling sensitive data or to retaliate for perceived mistreatment. There are also cases where a company’s third-party contractors, vendors, or temporary workers with access credentials have been responsible for their client’s network breaches through ill intent, negligence, or accidental disclosure.

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