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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Data Breach Study: Human Error Still Accounts for 35% Of Breaches

The Ponemon Institute has released its eighth annual report on the state of data breaches.  While many things have changed since the first report, others have remained the same.  For example, the latest survey shows that human error still occupies a significant position when it comes to data breaches, with over 30% being attributed to human factors.

This once again proves the importance of mobile security software for smartphones and tablets (like MDM solutions) and laptop disk encryption for any portable computing devices.

Number One: Malicious or Criminal Attack

The report classifies a data breach as having one of three root causes: 1) malicious or criminal attack, 2) system glitch, and 3) human factor.  The distribution of breaches is, respectively, 37%, 29%, and 35%.  Obviously, that means the #1 reason for breaches is malicious attacks.

Under the circumstances, though, it's a little disingenuous to call malicious or criminal attacks as the "#1 reason."  That's like saying my ice cream cone is bigger than your ice cream cone (sorry for the analogy; it's hot today and I'm hungry as I'm writing this) because I took a toothpick and scooped a tiny bit from yours and added it to mine.

If anything, this latest study shows that you can pretty much equally lay the blame.  Translation: companies should be paying as much attention to outside hackers as honest employees losing their laptops.  Sure, get that firewall and antivirus software....but don't forget your mobile device management (MDM) for smartphones and encryption software for laptops and external hard drives!

(In fact, a figure shows that "lost or stolen devices" are listed as the second-most top reason for increasing the per capita cost of data breach).
Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.formtek.com/blog/?p=3867
http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/media/pdfs/b-cost-of-a-data-breach-global-report-2013.en-us.pdf

 

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.