Misuse of data by employees is a growing threat;
National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicks off in October
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Top Eight Network Security and Data Privacy Concerns (Graphic: Business Wire)
The study also found that there is a growing need for companies to improve employee education and training on data security. Two in 10 companies do not have an employee awareness training program, while 15 percent don’t require any training for employees.
“It’s surprising that businesses are not more concerned with employee misuse of technology —what I like to call the human factor,” said
The study revealed the top eight network security and data privacy concerns among businesses this year:
|1.||Loss of data – 47%||(45% in 2015)|
|2.||Hackers – 26%||(25% in 2015)|
|3.||Security breaches – 26%||(20% in 2015)|
|4.||Maintaining reputation – 9%||(4% in 2015)|
|5.||Viruses – 7%||(10% in 2015)|
|6.||Software vulnerabilities – 7%||(7% in 2015)|
|7.||Employee misuse of technology – 7%||(0% in 2015)|
|8.||Other – 7%||(13% in 2015)|
In addition to network and data breaches, companies face another imminent threat— imposter fraud, a new twist on phishing scams where a fraudster gains access to the email account of a company’s senior executive and then requests that a payment be made to a specific bank account. One in five large companies surveyed has been a target, and the incidence is even higher for companies with more than 2,000 employees or
“Every organization, regardless of size, needs to make cybersecurity a priority within their business,” added
The second-annual Network Security and Data Privacy Study analyzed trends of network security and data privacy issues among 100 decision makers at companies with
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