This summer we’ve seen a number of high profile data breaches, from the IRS leaking 100,000 Social Security numbers to Japan’s government accidentally sharing internal emails with the public through Google Groups. These data breaches are examples of a security issue that organizations must start paying closer attention to: human error.
According to Ponemon’s 2013 Data Breach Report, human or system error is still the cause of almost 66 percentof data breaches. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has reported 212 disclosed breaches so far in 2013, which have collectively exposed more than 4.5 million personal records. This means that human error is causing countless peoples’ medical information, Social Security numbers, credit cards and other sensitive data to fall into the wrong hands.