Every day, we are hit with more news alerts about data breaches, systems being hacked, and all kinds of implications that the weakest link in the information ecosystem is the technology. Yet, for many businesses, this is not the case.
In a recent AIIM study focused on the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) titled “Understanding GDPR Readiness in 2017,” the primary reasons cited for data loss and exposure were staff negligence or bad practices, not technology or hacking; sixteen percent of our respondents reported internal or human resources (HR) incidents due to unauthorized access. The result of these breaches is the exposure or loss of personally identifiable information (PII) on employees, customers, or citizens.
Consider ThisIt would be easy to say that technology is at fault and place the blame at the feet of the suppliers, expecting them to take the hit, but the reality is that security and data protection are the responsibility of the corporation that holds it. As the GDPR study shows, it is human negligence and bad practices that is to blame for a lot of the data los and exposure in many businesses.
The reality is that security and data protection are the responsibility of the corporation that holds it.
This is where a strong governance framework, supported by improved and automated business practices, can minimize and even eliminate much of this—or certainly provide greater insight as to the potential risk and allow for better and faster mitigation.