AZ Central: Most security breaches involve human error

This week’s news that 31 world leaders, including President Obama – who had their personal information breached, including name, date of birth and passport number – should remind employers and employees that human error is a significant factor in data breach events.

In this case, an Australia immigration service employee mistakenly e-mailed the sensitive information of the above-mentioned world leaders days before November’s G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

However, the Australian immigration department did not report the breach to the world leaders even though it was a clear violation of the privacy laws of three of the affected countries, including the U.K., France and Germany, all of which require mandatory notification for data breach victims.

Well it gets worse. In IBM’s 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, “95 percent of all security incidents involve human error.”…

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