Friday, January 15, 2010

Malice Outpaces Error as Breach Cause

In its annual report on data breaches The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) says that 2009 marks the first time that malicious attacks have moved beyond human error as the leading cause of data breach, Dark Reading reports. According to the ITRC's "2009 Data Breach Report," hackers and insider theft accounted for 36.4 percent of breaches, human error 27.5 percent. The ITRC also found that compromised paper documents were involved in 26 percent of data breaches. In the 2009 report, the ITRC says that while the number of officially reported data breaches fell in 2009, it cannot determine if the overall breach rate is falling because of the number of unreported breaches.
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