Data breaches lead to firings, says Kaspersky Lab

One third of data breaches resulted in staff getting the blame and getting fired, says report

Data breaches can have a serious personal impact, and not just on the poor customer whose data was left exposed.
Data breaches can have a serious personal impact, and not just on the poor customer whose data was left exposed.

Nearly one third of all data breaches result in staff getting fired, according to Kaspersky Lab.

A new study by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab found that 31% of data breaches had an impact beyond damage to customers, reputational loss or fines, with staff getting the blame - and the sack - for security incidents.

In the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region the figure was 25% of data breaches resulting in people being fired. Typically, senior non-IT employees were most likely to be held responsible and dismissed, although firings range from CEO down to low-level IT staff.

The report noted that 45% of businesses in META had at least one data breach in the last year, with results ranging from payment of compensation to customers (43% of incidents), problems attracting new customers (35%) and payment of penalties and fines (36%).

"While a data breach is devastating to a business as a whole, it can also have a very personal impact on people's lives - whether they are customers or failed employees - so this is a reminder that cybersecurity has real-life implications and is in fact everyone's concern. With data now traveling on devices and via the cloud, and with regulations like GDPR becoming enforceable, it's vital that businesses pay even closer attention to their data protection strategies," said Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab.

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