Employee negligence or malicious acts account for as many as 66% of corporate cyber breaches, notes recent research from Willis Towers Watson that sheds light on how HR professionals and other top executives can prevent these incidents.

A focus on the technology aspect of this issue can obscure “the business connection between how a company’s culture is managed and the risk of data breaches,” says Patrick Kulesa, director of employee survey research at Willis Towers Watson. While about 90% of all cyber claims were attributed to human error or behavior, for instance, just 18% were tied to an external threat and 2% to cyber extortion.

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