44% of data breaches are at the hands of vendors

Although data breaches are rare, almost half – 44 percent – are caused by third-party vendors, according to an esentire survey.

Of the data breaches that happened from a vendor, only 15 percent of firms affected reported that the vendor informed them when a breach happened.

The survey was sent out to 600 information technology and security decision-makers, asking about their top concerns around supply chain and policies or procedures used to mitigate identified vendor risks.

Sixty percent of respondents said their organizations have formalized third-party policies, and most firms (90 percent) review these policies annually. While most (81 percent) find the policies effective, breaches still happen.

While almost half of data breaches were caused through a vendor, human error and stolen passwords accounted for 26 percent of breaches. Malware also played a big role in half of the cyberattacks.

Of the 250 companies that indicated a data breach had occurred, 32 percent of the data breaches affected personal identifiable data, 29 percent included payment information and 24 percent exposed proprietary business data.

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