Two Important Numbers from the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

by | Jun 20, 2023

And There Was Much Rejoicing.

The 2023 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is out. And there was much rejoicing.


We read it. Okay, we skimmed it (be honest, you did, too). Can you blame us? Heck, it’s nearly 90 pages long. That’s a lot of pages. It’s a short novel’s worth of pages. Long documents are why “find in page” was invented, and so we used it to search for things that we knew would be in there because they’re always in there. They’ve been in there since the first VDBIR in 2008. Here are a couple stats that jumped out at us:

  • 74% of all breaches include the human element, with people being involved either via error, privilege misuse, use of stolen credentials, or social engineering.”
  • 43% of errors leading to a data breach were errors of misdelivery.

Key Figures for Us. Key Figures for You

Those are key figures for us because we are in the managed file transfer and data security business. Our job is to make software to help enterprises securely and reliably send, receive, host, and retrieve data. We’ve been doing it for nearly twenty years and we’re pretty good at it. So good, in fact, that our Diplomat MFT products have won awards for it and are rated by users as being the best at it.

Those are key figures for you, too. That’s because you share data with other organizations just about every day. Around here we like to say that “the world still runs on files.” Sometimes those files contain financial information, healthcare information, intellectual property, personal information about your customers and employees, and other information that—if it were to find its way into the wrong hands—would be problematic. Business deals might be derailed. Financial accounts might be drained. Embarrassing personal health details might be exposed. Negative medical outcomes might result. And if news of such leaks were to become public knowledge, customers and partners might lose trust in your organization and regulators might levy steep fines for non-compliance.

Lots of Nifty Features

These things happen with alarming regularity, and those two data points from the 2023 VDBIR give us a big hint as to why: even in 2023 far too many organizations rely on human beings to do repetitive tasks that would be better handled by technology. That’s not a critique of human beings. We love human beings. We know and love a lot of people who are human beings. In fact, we love human beings so much we want them to be happy, productive, and fulfilled at their jobs, and so we built a tool that can take care of some of the drudgery. It’s called Diplomat MFT, and it has a lot of nifty features that make life easy, including:

  • Integral automation for things like encrypting files to keep them safe and for executing scheduled file transfers.
  • A robust scheduler that can handle a virtually unlimited number concurrent transfers, including large files.
  • Support for the secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) so files are delivered over encrypted channels.
  • Full documentation of every step of the file transfer process to provide assurance that things were done correctly.
  • Delivery confirmation—and alerts via your preferred medium should something prevent a successful transaction.
  • Support for all the cloud storage providers to make it easy to send and receive files whether they are on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Multi-factor user authentication to ensure only employees whose job requires it have access to the software.
  • Behind-the-firewall deployment with no risky, internet-facing administrative dashboards.
  • Customer service and support that is recognized as the best in our industry.

Don’t Be Guilty of a Data Breach Error

We offer Diplomat MFT in three right-sized editions to make sure your organization can tackle its most challenging file transfer needs, and we make Diplomat MFT available at a transparent, ethical price so that no organization has to put data security at risk because of budget constraints. And while we may be that “Little Ol’ Software Company from Texas,” some of the world’s largest organizations put their trust in Coviant Software to secure and transfer their most sensitive files—millions of them—every day.

If you don’t want to be one of the organizations guilty of a data breach caused by human error, or of sending an unencrypted file to the wrong destination, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you prefer, you can take Diplomat MFT out for a free 15-day test drive to see for yourself that what we’re saying is on the level.