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Daily Dashboard | Survey: Human error remains a top cause of data breaches among businesses Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Dec. 13, 2019

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In a Shred-it survey done by Ipsos, 53% of C-suite executives and 28% of small business owners cite human error or accidental loss by an outside party as the leading causes of data breaches, Help Net Security reports. The survey also showed 47% of C-suites and 31% of SBOs believe the human error and accidental loss stem from someone within the affected organization. “For the second consecutive year, employee negligence and collaboration with external vendors [continue] to threaten the information security of U.S. businesses,” Stericycle Senior Vice President Ann Nickolas said. “The consequences of a data breach are extensive and are not limited to legal, financial and reputational damage.” Meanwhile, WatchGuard Technologies Senior Security Researcher Marc Laliberte wrote for Help Net Security on why businesses need to be up to date on how to spot and respond to phishing attacks.
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