Organisations could put a stop to a significant amount of data loss by applying stronger security controls to the activity of their own staff, according to a new Intel study.
Seen by SC Magazine on Friday (September 18th), the research showed that 43 per cent of data leaks are caused by employees rather than external attackers. It also found that almost half (21 per cent) of these incidents are accidental.
Moreover, staff-led data breaches – particularly intentional ones – tend to affect different types of records to those involving outside actors. In the former, employee information is usually compromised, whereas hackers generally go after customer data because it can be readily sold on black markets.
Speaking to the magazine, Rees Johnson – senior vice president and general manager of the Content Security Business Unit at Intel Security – said: “It’s fascinating to see a pivot into what’s being targeted, and our information about who we are is now the number one target.”
“[Insider actors] do seem to care more about employee information,” he continued. “It’s possible it’s for recruiting.”
As for data leaks that are triggered by staff accidentally, Intel Security advised that organisations review their operational practices and revise employee training programmes in order to mitigate the threat.
It also highlighted the theft of storage media such as USB drives and laptop hard drives as one of the leading causes of both internal and external, intentional and accidental data loss, accounting for 40 per cent of data breaches overall.
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