Three out of every four organizations have been hit by the loss or theft of important data over the past two years, a sharp increase compared with 2014, according to a survey of more than 3,000 employees and IT practitioners in the U.S. and Europe conducted by the Ponemon Institute in April and May 2016.
The study, sponsored by Varonis Systems, a provider of security software, shows that the rise in data loss and theft is due in large part to compromises in insider accounts that are exacerbated by far wider employee and third-party access to sensitive information than is necessary.
It’s also due to the continued failure to monitor access and activity around email and file systems, where most confidential and sensitive data resides.
Among the key findings are that 76% of IT practitioners say their organization experienced the loss or theft of company data over the past two years, a significant increase from 67% who gave this response in the 2014 study.
IT respondents said insider negligence is more than twice as likely to cause the compromise of insider accounts as any other culprits, including external attackers, malicious employees or contractors. Seventy-eight percent of the IT professionals are very concerned about ransomware, a type of malicious software that that blocks access to files until a sum of money is paid.
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