According to a recent study jointly released by Vontu Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention solutions, and the Ponemon Institute, a research institute dedicated to privacy management practices in business and government, the most likely threat to information security is not the typical hacker, virus or worm, but rather the malicious or careless corporate insider.

The study, titled "Ponemon Institute's Survey on Data Security Breaches," reveals that 69 percent of companies reporting serious data leaks responded that their data security breaches were the result of either malicious employee activities or non-malicious employee error. In fact, the number one leading cause of data security breaches resulted from non-malicious employee error (39 percent). The Ponemon Institute concludes that these breaches are typically the consequence of complacency or negligence from lax or insufficient access controls to sensitive or confidential data. Only sixteen percent of serious data leaks were linked to hackers or external penetration.

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