The biggest threats to security are sitting next to you

Survey finds that careless employees, accidents account for most data losses

Information technology administrators rightly worry about outside threats to their networks and information, but they say the biggest threats come from inside, often as a result of accidents or carelessness by employees.

A recent survey by Forrester Consulting, commissioned by Microsoft and RSA, backs up those fears. Forrester surveyed 305 high-level IT decision-makers worldwide, asking them, among other things, what types of security breaches they had experienced. Nearly 58 percent of the incidents were the result of an employee losing a computing device or accidentally posting sensitive information. A sample of the results:

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Click for larger image. Source: Forrester Consulting

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Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.

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