Study Reports that 96% of Data Breaches Could Have Been Avoided

According to a report released by Verizon and the United States Secret Service, cyber criminals and malicious insiders were responsible for most corporate data breaches in 2009.

Verizon and the Secret Service were able to confirm 141 breach cases in 2009. These cases led to 143 million compromised records. According to the report, the addition of the Secret Service data to the Verizon data “revealed a much higher number of inside breaches than previous reports has shown, with 48% of breaches originating from inside a business or organization. However, external parties still posed a larger threat, having been involved in 70% of all cases (27% of the cases studied were plotted by a combination of agents, which accounts for overlaps).”

Most interestingly, the report concludes that 96% of the breaches could have been avoided through “simple or intermediate controls.”

Forensicon has published several articles explaining just what can be done to prevent data breaches:

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