Data Breach: Who’s to Blame?

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What can end users do to help with data access governance? While there are tools out there, such as single-sign-on, which could be implemented at a company level, when it comes to the end user, they can do a couple of things on their own.

First off, be aware of where they store their passwords. Ideally, we would just memorize them - but we don’t all have a photographic memory, so just be smart about it. Secondly, if you as an end user have access to an application that you no longer need and never use, ask IT to kill your access, so you lower the company risks. And hey, one less password to remember, right?

Data breaches are reported all the time in the news - and often when a breach occurs, fingers are pointed at everyone from hackers, to CSOs, IT and even end users. So in looking at a typical breach, Jackson Shaw, senior director of product management at Quest Software, wanted to break down why the fingers get pointed at these particular people (aside from the hacker, as that’s generally an obvious target) and why they should each care about data governance. For simplicity, he’s going to break this down into three groups: The end user, the IT department, and the line of business manager, and he’ll use the case of financial data.


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