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Daily Dashboard | Study: ‘Insider negligence’ most likely cause of data breaches Related reading: This week's top-five most-read privacy stories

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A Ponemon Institute study revealed “insider negligence” is the most common cause of a data breach, ZDNet reports. The study polled more than 3,000 employees in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, and found 76 percent of their organizations suffered a data breach in the last two years. The respondents said insider negligence results in more breaches than hackers, malicious employees or poor contractor security. The study also found that 87 percent of those polled said their jobs require access and use of customer data, employee records and financial information, but only 29 percent said their organizations allow access on a “need-to-know” basis, with 25 percent monitoring employee email and file activity. Editor’s Note: The IAPP will be hosting a Data Breach Bootcamp workshop at the Privacy. Security. Risk. conference from Sept. 13-16 in San Jose, California.
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