Study: Insiders pose largest threat to information security

The results of a new study commissioned by IT security solutions provider Compuware show that the biggest threat posed to data security at companies comes from within.

According to The 2008 Study on the Uncertainty of Data Breach Detection, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, insiders were the cause of 75 percent of all data breaches in the U.S., while hackers accounted for a mere one percent of all breaches.

The study also found that 79 percent of all U.S. respondents that participated in the research had experienced at least one data breach.

In a prepared statement, Perry Carpenter, one of the researchers who helped conduct the study, advised that organizations not simply rely on the trustworthiness of its employees to ensure data safety, but to also implement sound security practices and solutions to help defend against potential breaches.