The greatest threat to company data isn’t coming from those young hackers on the other side of the world, it's coming from your trusted administrator down the hall, or your trusted third-party service partner. They may not mean to cause problems, but if security policies are lax, they may inadvertently leave laptops full of personally identifiable information in coffee shops or in the backs of cars.

That's the gist of a survey I recently helped conduct among 350 IT executives, as part of my work with Unisphere Research. In this year's survey, human error has beat out internal hackers or unauthorized users as the biggest security risk. More than three-fifths of respondents send actual copies of enterprise production data to other sites inside and outside the enterprise, and have multiple copies of data moving between departments.

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