Driving home the divide between malice and carelessness in data breaches, Verizon Business issued a new report examining four industries where data breaches have occurred: technology, finance, retail and the food/beverage industries. It found that financial services and tech companies face a greater threat from insider-driven data breaches than the other two.

This supplemental report adds to Verizon’s June 2008 data breach report, which turned heads for its direct, post-forensic examination of compromised records in more than 500 known incidents. The highlights of the first report included metrics that found the preponderance of threats came from external sources, but that insider threats resulted in a much higher percentage of compromised records.

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