61% of IT pros have reported serious data breach

Although the pressure is on to combat cyber-criminals, around 61 percent of information technology security experts have experienced a serious data breach at their employers, according to a McAfee report cited by TechRepublic.

Hackers use different methods to gain access to corporate data. The most common ways to hack into corporate networks are through database leaks (38 percent), network traffic (37 percent), file shares (36 percent) and corporate email (36 percent), the report found.

Once a security breach happens, the blame game often begins. Of the IT survey respondents, 52 percent said the security breaches were at the hands of the IT department.

Respondents were split on how leaders should be held accountable for the security breaches. Around 55 percent of respondents said they believe C-suite executives should lose their job if a serious data breach happens. Sixty-one percent said their C-suite leaders expect more leniency when it comes to security.

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