Most Data Breaches Come From Within

September 24, 2012 By The Vigilant Application Owner

Infosecurity – (International) Most data breaches come from within. While the data breach events that catch headlines are the work of hacking collectives and professional malware writers, it turns out that the vast majority of information compromises are caused by companies’ own unwitting employees. According to new research from Forrester, only 25 percent of data breach cases are the work of external attackers, and only 12 percent of them were perpetrated by insiders with ill intent. That leaves 63 percent of the issues caused by something more mundane, like losing or misplacing corporate assets, the report found.