More than 40% of reported security breaches are caused by employee negligence

According to 2018 research conducted by Shred-it, more than 40% of senior executives and small business owners report that employee negligence or accidental loss was the root cause of their most recent data security breach. The same State of the Industry Report reveals that 96% of consumers view employee negligence as at least a minor contributor to data breaches at US companies. Executives, owners, employees, and even consumers all agree that negligent behavior is a security vulnerability, yet the problem persists.

Unfortunately, the lack of security awareness extends beyond phishing emails and other socially engineered cyberattacks to include the circumvention of physical security procedures and protocols. For example, more than 25% of United States workers admit to leaving their computer on and unlocked when they go home at the end of the day—a…

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