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Verizon Report: Top 9 Causes Of Data Breaches

Sarah Kuranda

7. Physical Theft/Loss

Physical theft and loss accounted for 3.3 percent of confirmed breaches and 15.3 percent of overall incidents. The thefts appeared to be mostly opportunistic, the report said, and were seen across the board, though health care and public sector were particularly affected. Most of the theft and loss happened within the work area, with 55 percent of incidents reported there, followed by 22 percent in employee-owned vehicles. Tactics to prevent this sort of attack, and the security problems it can create, have remained the same, the report said, including tracking procurement, making it easy to report incidents and encrypting devices.

 
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