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11/2/2017
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10 Mistakes End Users Make That Drive Security Managers Crazy

Here's a list of common, inadvertent missteps end users make that can expose company data.
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There's so much news about major hacks from nation-states such as Russia, North Korea, Iran, and various criminal gangs in Eastern Europe.

But what's less understood is that an important percentage of breaches stem from insiders. Forrester Research found that nearly 40% of all data breaches are caused by insiders. And of those insider breaches, 26% are caused by abuse or malicious intent by insiders, and 56% are caused by inadvertent misuse or sheer accidents by employees.

"Data is too often mishandled by employees," says Merritt Maxim, a principal analyst at Forrester Research who serves security and risk professionals. "A good tip for companies is to take more time classifying their data. If people understand what the organization considers sensitive, there's less of a chance that it will be mishandled."

Based on interviews with Forrester's Maxim and IDC's Frank Dickson and Robert Westervelt, we pinpointed 10 common ways employees mishandle - and inadvertently breach - an organization’s security.

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience, most of the last 24 of which were spent covering networking and security technology. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio

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11/2/2017 | 2:24:15 PM
Timely topic
The slide about "Losing track of corrupted thumb drives" seems particularly timely after that USB drive was found on the streets of London last week with 70 unencrypted security files about from Heathrow International Airport. The question remains about how the drive ended up where it did but according to my client, Veriato, it's reasonable to assume this was an act by an insider with access to sensitive security data. Whatever the scenario, it definitely illustrates the dangers that trusted insiders can pose (whther inadvertently or maliciously) to their companies as well as to public safety and even national security. Will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.
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