If you think the biggest threat to the security of your member data comes from offshore hackers pounding away at your firewall, think again. Intrusion prevention technology has evolved to the point where, when maintained properly, it is highly effective at keeping the bad guys out. So how are they getting in? Why is it that major data breaches have become commonplace in the headlines?

One of the largest law firms in the world, the leading cause of data breaches is employee negligence, according to a study released this month by BakerHostetler. The study, titled The BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report 2015, claims that of the cases examined, 37 percent all data breaches were primarily the result of employee negligence. Coming in second space, as 22 percent, was external theft of a device.

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