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Insider data breaches in the legal sector are major concern

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Almost all IT heads working in the legal sector are in fear of data compromises following an insider breach. 

A new report from human layer security solutions provider Egress found 97 per cent of CISOs were concerned, given that employees – their primary “alert system” - are mostly perceived as “unreliable”. Furthermore, the technology deployments meant to mitigate the risks are seen as “patchy”, so for Egress, it’s “no wonder” CISOs are worried.

The report also states that more than three quarters (77 per cent) of IT leaders in the legal sector believe their employees put their data at risk, unintentionally, in the past 12 months. Also, 78 per cent think some data was put at risk – intentionally. A third (36 per cent) fears potential financial damage (opens in new tab) as the result of a data breach.

Looking at how employees end up compromising data, most of the time (55 per cent) they fall victim to a phishing email. Of the 57 per cent who said either them, or someone they worked with, put data at risk intentionally (opens in new tab), more than half (58 per cent) did it by taking data with them after switching jobs.

Egress says that with the coronavirus outbreak, it is expected to see an “unprecedented” number of employees in the sector working from home and in need to send large multimedia files somehow.

“Proactively identifying and remediating risks to these changes in working behaviour will help ensure tighter security and compliance,” it added.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.