Finance and HR employees represent the biggest cybersecurity threat to organizations of any department, according to new research from security firm Clearswift.
The messaging and web security vendor polled 500 data security specialists in the UK, US, Germany and Australia to compile its findings.
Nearly half (48%) of respondents claimed finance departments and their employees posed the biggest threat, versus 42% for HR.
The main reason for their answers was the fear of staff members in these roles accidentally sending customer details or salaries to the wrong people, or accidentally allowing malware to be installed on machines.
Just 16% said they thought those working in legal represented the biggest threat, indicating that HR and finance employees are thought to be culturally less attuned to cybersecurity risk.
Middle management (37%) was pegged as the highest risk group, compared with just 19% who thought senior managers were the biggest threat, and 12% for execs/admins.
Interestingly over two-thirds (67%) of respondents claimed that those working in the office represented a bigger data security risk than those off-site – primarily because they have easier access to the data.
Some 88% of companies questioned said they had suffered a security ‘incident’ over the past year, of which 73% were caused by employees, former employees or customers/suppliers, Clearswift said.
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