Forrester recently released an insightful report Understand The State Of Data Security And Privacy: 2015 To 2016, based on hundreds of discussions with security experts. The in-depth research of the data security industry highlights which core data security technologies are in demand for 2016 and how our behaviors and motivations make data loss inevitable. It also covers why safeguarding the customer experience is essential for building trust, and why a data-centric approach to security is a must for businesses.
It turns out that in past 12 months, the top three most common ways that breaches occurred were internal incident within an organization (39%), external attack targeting an organization (27%), and external attack targeting a business partner/third-party supplier (22%). Also personally identifiable information (PII) was one of the top two data types compromised most in a data breach.
56% of internal incidents were due to inadvertent misuse or accident, though today 51% of North America and European information workers are aware of or understand the policies that are specific to data use and handling inside their company. This means that the issue is no longer simply about awareness. It’s about an organization’s lack of knowledge about its data in use, lack of data classification and ineffective data security policies.
Learn more about what types of data were compromised and what the most common ways in which breaches occurred, by downloading the full report here.