For small and medium-sized businesses, the most dangerous cyberthreat may come from within.
IT industry publication TechRepublic reports that a newly released study by Keeper Security and the Ponemon Institute suggests careless employees are at fault for the majority of data breaches at small and mid-sized businesses. The study surveyed 1,000 information technology professionals in the United Kingdom and North America. Some 54 percent listed employee negligence as the root cause of cybersecurity incidents, followed by insufficient password policies.
A stunning 50 percent said they had suffered ransomware attacks in the past year. Of those, 79 percent said ransomware entered via a phishing or social engineering attack.
Click here for TechRepublic’s full coverage of the study.