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Eight in 10 IT Pros Believe Their Organization Is Next to Suffer a Breach

By Filip Truta on Sep 10, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • 94% of IT pros have experienced a data breach at some point in time
  • 79% are worried their current employer could be next
  • Employee data breaches most commonly occur through external email services such as Gmail and Outlook

New research indicates that IT professionals are overwhelmingly pessimistic about their organization’s resilience facing a cyber threat. Employee data breaches are seen as the biggest risk to the business.

A survey of 500 IT professionals by Exonar reveals that 94% of respondents have experienced a data breach at some point in time, while 79% are worried their current employer could be next.

Insider threats are regarded as the biggest risk, with 40% of respondents citing employee-caused data breaches as the biggest overall threat to information security in the coming year. 21% named external attacks from cybercriminals as the biggest risk, and 20% cited malware attacks.

Employee data breaches most commonly occur through external email services such as Gmail and Outlook, according to half of those surveyed. 42% also agree that breaches occur through collaboration tools such as Slack and Dropbox as well, and 41% cited messaging services. Just 6% had never knowingly experienced a data breach, according to the research.

The biggest challenge in combating data breaches is gaining visibility across the organization’s data estate, according to 95% of IT pros. Only 39% of organizations are taking active steps to strengthen their cybersecurity stack with the right tools and processes needed to enhance visibility into the threat surface, respondents said.

Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra offers IT reps the means to zero in on misconfigurations, vulnerable applications, user behavior risks, individual devices and users, and close these gaps quickly and efficiently.

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Author: Filip Truta

Filip is an experienced writer with over a decade of practice in the technology realm. He has covered a wide range of topics in such industries as gaming, software, hardware and cyber-security, and has worked in various B2B and B2C marketing roles. Filip currently serves as Information Security Analyst with Bitdefender.