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Virtually all organizations across various sectors have experienced insider data breaches (opens in new tab) in the last year, according to a new survey.

The Insider Data Breach Survey 2021 from by security services provider Egress (opens in new tab) reveals that 94% of all surveyed businesses have suffered a data breach from an insider in the last twelve months.

However, an overwhelming majority (84%) of the respondents blamed human error as the cause for the most serious of breaches. 

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“Insider risk is every organization’s most complex vulnerability – and it has far-reaching consequences, from ransomware (opens in new tab) attacks to loss of client trust. Organizations must act now to mitigate the risk posed by their people,” said Egress CEO Tony Pepper.

Even then, 28% IT leaders are more worried about malicious insiders breaching business data, and only about one-fifth (21%) worrying about genuinely erring employees.  

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The survey surveyed 500 IT leaders and 3000 employees in the US and UK across vertical sectors including financial services, healthcare and legal.

It finds that almost three-quarters (74%) of organizations were breached because employees broke security protocols, even as a similar number (73%) fell victim to phishing attacks.

Worryingly, many feel that the move towards remote working (opens in new tab) will further compound the problem, with 56% of the opinion that the new hybrid working (opens in new tab) environment will make it harder to prevent data breaches caused by human error or phishing.

Interestingly, employees are a lot more optimistic with 61% arguing that working from home (opens in new tab) makes them less, or just as likely, to cause a breach.

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.