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Employee mistakes can pose the biggest risk to corporate information getting into the wrong hands. Photo: Ajayptp/Shutterstock

Lost data is expensive. According to Pymts, reporting on a recent Ponemon report, the cost of a “compromised record” rose 6% from $145 to $154 last year. In isolation this isn’t much, but Ponemon found that on average the total cost of an average data breach is now $3.8 million. While hackers, malware infections and even hardware failures account for some of this data loss, the biggest risk for organizations comes from within: Employees. In most cases this isn’t malicious; staffs simply don’t know where they’re making mistakes. Here are four key questions — and answers — to help empower your employees.

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