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Concern that an employee will trigger a data breach remains the enterprise’s top security fear. Yet, a study suggests, few corporations are effectively managing this risk. 

Read: Employees feel false sense of security in the office

This assumption comes from a Ponemon Institute survey of 601 individuals in companies that have a data protection and privacy training who are knowledgeable about their employer’s security program. The Institute is part of the security consulting firm Experian Data Breach Resolution. 

What the study found was that, 55 percent of these companies have experienced a significant security breach, and 60 percent of respondents said their employees are essentially clueless about security risks. Yet just 35 percent agreed that their senior management team “believes it is a priority that employees are knowledgeable about how data security risks affect their organization.” 

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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