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Businesses forget human role in cyber risk

When it comes to managing cyber risk, businesses need to focus more on employees and company culture, says Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company.

It warns that many organisations are continuing to focus on the technology aspect of cyber defence at the expense of people risks, which represent the largest source of data breach claims.

The company’s claim data shows that employee negligence or malicious acts account for two-thirds (66%) of cyber breaches, compared to just 18% caused by an external threat.

In response to these research findings, Willis Towers Watson has launched a Cyber Risk Culture Survey designed to provide a clear picture of an organisation’s internal risk culture, with a particular focus on where it might be most vulnerable to employee-driven cyber incidents.

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