How is corporate data being stolen? Attacks often employ multiple methods—but remotely hacking a computer isn’t always one of them. Sometimes employees are involved, and some attackers physically break in. The numbers in the chart below total more than 100 percent because more than one method can be used in an attack.
Source: Verizon’s 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyzed 761 breaches
Given all the ways data breaches can occur, companies need to employ multiple methods of defense. This chart shows the main steps they are taking. Nearly half, for example, are removing data from the network rather than risk having it stolen. Companies often pursue several protective strategies, which is why the percentages total more than 100.
Source: Survey of more than 1,000 senior IT executives worldwide for Underground Economies, a 2011 report by McAfee and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)