N. American Businesses Suffered the Most Breaches

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 02-09-2017 Email

North American businesses experienced the most data breaches in the world last year, according to a new study. In addition, data protection is the main concern of most businesses, and the greatest threat continues to be human error. Smartphones are the number-one IT security challenge. The report also found many areas of improvement in businesses' perceived readiness for certain types of incidents. For example, malware is well-recognized, and businesses do not feel as vulnerable to this type of threat as to targeted attacks. The goal of the report, "2016 Kaspersky Lab Corporate IT Security Risks Survey," was to examine how perception compares with the reality of the cyber-security landscape. "Threats are not necessarily getting more sophisticated. It's the growing attack surface that requires a more diverse set of protection methods," said Veniamin Levtsov, vice president, Enterprise Business at Kaspersky Lab. "The most important finding is the company's points of vulnerability: threats like employee carelessness and data exposure due to inappropriate sharing" of data on mobile devices, said Levtsov. The study included more than 4,000 businesses from 25 countries. Highlights of the report follow.



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