Data breaches on the rise

Vancouver-based security vendor Absolute Software has released a survey of its customers’ none-too-positive thoughts on computer and data security. According to the poll, 20 per cent of respondents had already experienced a data breach. The information breached included confidential business information (39 per cent), employee information (22 per cent), customer information (22 per cent), and Social Security numbers (16 per cent). Over half the companies believe that computers might have already been stolen and that it has gone unnoticed, and 20 per cent believe that sensitive data has been breached that no-one is aware of. Sixty-one percent thought that the majority of data breaches are committed internally.