Bitdefender’s Hacked Off! Survey shows that the companies’ biggest worry about cybersecurity is employee negligence. It is the primary factor in data breaches resulting via several attack methods like phishing and malware attacks.
Reducing the risk of employee negligence is essential
24% of companies have already suffered a data breach halfway through 2019. Moreover, 57 % of companies have experienced a breach in the past 3 years. Data breaches mainly caused by employee negligence is the common security problem of the companies. According to the ‘Bitdefender Hacked Off! Survey’, 20% of reported breaches were a result of employee negligence in 2017.
In 2018 it increased its percentage to 21%, and in 2019 the percentage returned to 20%. So, we see that employee negligence comes before malware in data breaches. For reducing the risk of employee negligence in companies, it is needed to train the employees to be cyber aware.
Phishing is the biggest threat
Out of the possible threats to an organization, 36% of IT workers think phishing or whaling attacks are the biggest threat. It is related that phishing is often used to break into corporate networks and damage.
With employee negligence stated as the primary reason, Malware comes a close second in the most common cause of security breaches. In 2019, 17% of all incidents reported were caused by malware.
Thirdly, 17% of the breaches caused by a software failure in 2019. It is good to say that the percentage of software failure was much the same in the past three years. When we look at the rest of the reasons causing data breaches we see that they were due to third-party malice, coming from MSPs (managed service providers), hardware failure, and third-party negligence (also from MSPs.)
It is needed to note that Bitdefender Hacked Off! considered the views and opinions of more than 6,000 infosec professionals from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
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