Employee error is one of the main causes of internal IT security incidents leading to leakage of confidential corporate data, according to the findings of a survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.
Although vulnerabilities in software used by company staff in their daily duties is one of the top reasons behind internal IT security incidents (with 39% of companies reporting this issue), the volume of different types of incidents taking place due to staff errors is equally high, the report survey found.
Four out of five types of internal IT security incidents that took place within companies were closely related to erroneous employee actions.
Approximately 32% of respondents reported leaks that took place as a result of employee mistakes. A slightly lower number of companies – 30% – reported incidents where the employee was at fault over the loss or theft of mobile devices. 19% of the companies participating in the survey reported that employees were involved in intentional leaks. 18% reported incidents that were caused by incorrect use of mobile devices (via mobile email clients or text messaging).