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.

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