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Report says workers are biggest data-security threat

Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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About 25% of the people in the U.S. changed jobs last year, Payne said.

"When they leave one job, they often go to work for a competitor or start something in their own industry," he said. "Insiders have more access to information than ever. And they have a lot less loyalty. And that's half the breaches."

Code42 and others make products that react quickly to all kinds of events and anomalous behavior, such as files being called up in the wee hours of the morning, particularly by folks headed out the door soon.

"We're seeing companies empower their employees without the proper security programs in place," said Jadee Hanson, the chief information security officer at Code42.

The study found 38% of info security offices admit that their company suffered a breach of intellectual property in the last 18 months. Warning employees, alerting them to "phishing" expeditions and prevention measures aren't enough.

By and large, security teams' data-security investments haven't kept up with competing factors.

 

Failing to act will result in "catastrophic data loss" and higher legal bills, Sapio Research predicted.

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