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Why 61% of CIOs believe employees maliciously leak data

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One in five employees surveyed believes data belongs to them, not the company, according to an Opinion Matters / Egress report.

While a vast majority of cybersecurity measures focus on keeping outside malicious actors away from your organization's data, the insider risk that employees pose—either unwittingly or intentionally—can be detrimental. Some 79% of CIOs said they believe employees put sensitive company data at risk accidentally within the last 12 months, according to the 2019 Insider Data Breach survey published Monday by Opinion Matters and security compliance firm Egress.

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Likewise, 61% of CIOs responding to the survey indicated a belief that employees put company data at risk maliciously, though only 30% said they believe that employees are leaking data specifically to harm the organization. The IT decision makers surveyed tended to give the benefit of the doubt to employees, with 60%...(continued)

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