Report: 60% of orgs have experienced data loss due to employee mistakes

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In the last 12 months, three out of five organizations have experienced data loss or leakage due to employee error on email, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by email security company Tacian. A survey of 614 IT security practitioners worldwide also found that according to 65% of security practitioners worldwide, email is the most dangerous channel for data loss in organizations.

The survey found that employee negligence (due to non-compliance with policies) is the leading cause of data loss, while a quarter (27%) of incidents are caused by malicious insiders. Intentional data theft also puts a strain on IT teams as the data shows that security and risk management teams take up to three days to detect and correct the occurrence of data loss caused by malicious interiors on email.

The most common types of confidential and sensitive information that are lost or intentionally stolen include the following: customer information (61%); Intellectual property (56%); And customer information (47%). User-generated data (sensitive email content, text files, M&A documents), controlled data (credit card data, social security number, national ID number, employee data) and intellectual property have emerged as the three types of data that are most difficult to protect. . From data loss.

Organizations cannot protect what they cannot see, and the lack of visibility of sensitive data transferred from employees to personal email by employees was cited as the most common obstacle to prevent data loss (54%). In addition, most organizations (73%) are concerned that employees do not understand the sensitivity or confidentiality of the data they share via email.

Despite these risks, organizations do not have adequate training. While 61% have security awareness training, nearly half of IT security leaders say their programs properly address the sensitivity and privacy of data that employees can access via email.

According to Josh Yawar, CISO of Tachian, security awareness training that directly addresses common types of data loss and builds trust and confidence in employees will ultimately help limit the amount of data flowing through the organization.

Read the full report by the Tacian and Ponemon Institute.

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