Blame dumb mistakes for more and more of data breaches

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In the cybersecurity industry, good data is hard to come by.

My email inbox is littered with exaggerated claims and dubious survey results. They purport to reveal frequency of hacks, the prevalence of unaddressed vulnerabilities, or the amount of money businesses lose to cybercriminals. I treat most of these as I do expired milk: with a wrinkled nose and a visit to the trash bin.

There’s an exception to the rule. I always make time for a briefing that covers one particular report. Each year, Verizon publishes a compendium that is among the industry’s finest. I consider the “data breach

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