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An overlooked threat to the safeguarding of an organization's sensitive and confidential data is the vulnerability of personal and business information used for testing and application development. Organizations may think their test data is immune from data security threats because testing occurs in a non-production environment. However, test environments are less secure because data is exposed to a variety of unauthorized sources, including in-house testing staff, consultants, partners, and offshore development personnel. According to this study, an organization's data is at risk primarily due to internal threats. The three most common reasons for data breaches amongst survey respondents were negligent insiders, malicious insiders and third party flubs.
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