Poor passwords responsible for 81% of company data breaches


The weakest link in cybersecurity, it appears, are humans.

According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, over 70 percent of employees reuse passwords at work.

Which is a bad thing, because 81 percent of hacking-related breaches used either stolen and/or weak passwords.

The solution, according to the report? Basic employee education and safe password practices for business.

Even though 91 percent of people know reusing passwords is poor practice, 59 percent reuse their passwords everywhere – at home and at work.

According to PixelPrivacy.com, Millennials aged 18-31 lead the poor password pack, with 87 percent admitting they frequently reuse passwords despite knowing better.

The 2012 Dropbox data breach (not discovered until 2016), resulting in 60 million user credentials being stolen started with an employee reusing a password at work.

You can read and download a summary of the report here.

You can read and download the complete report itself here.

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