Employee error was the most common reason for a company data breach, according to a cyber security report released earlier this month by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The report found that 30% of breaches in 2015 occurred as a result of employee error, such as the employee accidentally sending an email containing sensitive information outside the company.
Other common reasons for a breach included unauthorized access by insiders intending to steal company data and phishing attacks, where a hacker tries to learn information such as login credentials by impersonating a reputable entity via email.
Attorneys in the healthcare industry reported the highest number of breaches, according to the survey.
Half of the survey respondents said their company had cybersecurity insurance, with 68 percent of the insured carrying coverage of at least $1 million.
Of the respondents who experienced a data breach, only one in five said their insurance policy fully covered the breach related damages.
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