Employee mistakes are perceived as the main threat that could cause exposure of sensitive or confidential information according to the results of a recent study*.
Nearly 50% of respondents identified their own employee errors as the biggest concern when it comes to the risk of data exposure. This far outweighed the risk from both hackers (30%), and malicious insiders (22%).
This highlights how alongside technical cyber security measures, it’s vital that organisations develop a strong security culture and ensure staff understand their role in keeping data secure. This was also a key recommendation from speakers at the Midland’s Cyber Security Expo earlier this year, particularly in consideration of the recent GDPR legislation that came into effect in May 2018.
The good news is that the report also shows an overall trend of growing IT security spending (as a percentage of total IT budget), which we would expect in response to a growing and rapidly evolving threat landscape.
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*2018 Global Encryption Trends Study conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales eSecurity. Survey of 5,252 individuals across multiple industry sectors in 12 countries including UK, all with credentials in IT or Security fields.