Data Snapshot

Internal Incidents Cause Almost A Quarter Of Breaches, With More Than Half Intentional

March 14th, 2024
With contributors:
Amy DeMartine , Liam Holloway , Demi Starks

Insider risk is an ongoing concern for many organizations today. Common consequences include fraud, privacy abuses, intellectual property theft, or damage to infrastructure. Twenty-two percent of security breaches in the past 12 months were caused by an internal incident, according to security decision-makers who experienced a breach and are aware of the cause. Forty percent who experienced an internal incident described it as accidental, but 47% blamed malicious intent, and 13% noted a mix of both inadvertent misuse and malicious intent. Organizations must carefully build insider risk management programs in response. This is a snapshot of Forrester’s data on security breaches.

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