Although human error has traditionally been the cause of more data breaches than attacks, the tipping point has apparently been reached.
Marcia Savage reports on the changing trend:
According to a new report, in 2009, malicious attacks accounted for more of the reported data security breaches than human error, a trend that has not been seen in the past three years.
Hacker attacks or theft by nefarious insiders made up 36.4% of 354 reported data security breaches last year, compared to 27.5% caused by accidental exposure or lost data, according to the 2009 Identity Theft Resource Center Breach Report, which was released Friday. The San Diego, Calif.-based nonprofit ITRC, which collects publicly available information about data security breaches, has been tracking how breaches occur for the past three years.
“It isn’t surprising,” said Linda Foley, ITRC founder. “We’ve been saying for a long time that the thieves are becoming more sophisticated.”