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Worst Data Breach Offenders? Executives

Magazine article HRMagazine

Worst Data Breach Offenders? Executives

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If you're looking for the employees who pose the biggest risk to information security, look no further than the executive suite. Two new studies reveal that senior managers and executives remain the worst offenders of security breaches.

According to global investigations, intelligence and risk services company Stroz Friedberg, 87 percent of senior managers regularly upload work files to a personal e-mail or cloud account, and 58 percent have accidentally sent sensitive information to the wrong person, compared to 25 percent of workers overall. More than 50 percent of senior managers have taken job-related e-mails, files and other material with them after leaving an employer-twice as many as those in lower-ranking positions.

Results of ComputerWeekly.com's 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey show that, while 81 percent of respondents said their senior management team places a high or very high priority on security, many business leaders have been unable to establish effective defenses. …

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