News
News
8/22/2005
01:59 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

More Than 90% Of Companies Regularly Expose Employee And Customer Data

Some 91% of companies exposed credit-card numbers, and 82% exposed employee Social Security numbers, according to a recent study.

Employee and customer data is exposed, and potentially within the reach of hackers, at a whopping 91 percent of companies monitored by a security firm.

According to the second monthly Insider Threat Index generated by Reconnex, a Mountain View, Calif.-based enterprise risk management vendor, 91 percent of the companies undergoing assessment in July exposed credit card numbers, and 82 percent exposed employee Social Security numbers.

"The origin of the vast majority of these disclosures stemmed from human resources departments," said Reconnex's July index report. "[These departments] often accidentally exposed employees' personal information when they communicate with partners in health insurance, payroll, workers compensation, and other third-party processors."

In other cases, claimed Reconnex, employees are exposing data by sending files using Web e-mail services such as Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

"We are seeing evidence of a growing trend regarding the distribution of sensitive data via Webmail," said the index's report. "Because so many corporations are setting size limits on files attached to e-mails, employees' only recourse is to send large, sensitive files using their own personal Webmail accounts."

The July index report can be downloaded as a PDF from Reconnex's Web site.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 18, 2014
Enterprise social network success starts and ends with integration. Here's how to finally make collaboration click.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.