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The 7 Deadly Sins Of Information Security

Feel pride in your level of information security? A high-tech rendition of the seven deadly sins, this breakdown of Trustwave's research might lead you to feelings of greed, wrath, envy, sloth or even gluttony. Probably not lust, but who's to say?

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Effective information security is based on more than just maintaining the proper technologies. It's also a matter of making sure that your employees are fully aware of the threats that face them on a daily basis. Security vendor Trustwave has issued a list of seven key issues that most frequently lead to a loss or exposure of data.

According to the research, based on more than 300 security breaches worldwide, an overwhelming 87 percent of businesses that had been breached had not developed specific security policies, including security awareness education programs. Coincidentally, today's organizations report an average of 14.4 incidents per year of unintentional data loss due to accidents, mistakes and similar issues involving employees. Maybe that should not surprise us given that only 32 percent of employees say they were trained on security policies by their companies.

Without further ado, here are seven deadly security sins.

 
 
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