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Human Error Caused 93% of Data Breaches

Despite tremendous increased attention, the number of reported cyberbreach incidents rapidly escalated in 2014. According to Information Commissioner’s Office data collected by Egress Software Technologies, U.K. businesses saw substantially more breaches last year, with industry-wide increases of 101% in healthcare, 200% in insurance, 44% among financial advisers, 200% among lenders 200%, 56% in education and 143% in general business. As a result, these industries also saw notable increases in fines for data protection violations.

The role of employees was equally alarming. “Only 7% of breaches for the period occurred as a result of technical failings,” Egress reported. “The remaining 93% were down to human error, poor processes and systems in place, and lack of care when handling data.”

Check out more of the findings from Egress’ review in the infographic below:

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Hilary Tuttle is the associate editor of the Risk Management Monitor and Risk Management magazine.

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