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April 21 2015

OTA Releases Guidelines on Privacy Assessment, Best Practices

More than 90% of the 500 data breaches that occurred from January to June 2014 could have easily been prevented, per a report released Wednesday from The Online Trust Alliance (OTA).
The OTA's 2015 Data Protection Best Practices and Risk Assessment Guides reveals 40% of the more than a thousand breaches analyzed resulted from external intrusions, 29%, by employees, accidentally or maliciously, due to a lack of internal controls, 18% attributed to lost or stolen devices or documents, and 11% to social engineering, forged email and fraud. The data breaches involved the loss of personally identifiable information (PII), as reported by the Open Security Foundation (OSF).