Risk of data breach increases in corporate cultures when employee training, company image, and customer service are not prioritized.

By better understanding the human element, corporations can more effectively recognize the risk of a cyber-breach. Prevention strategies include focusing on an enterprise-wide approach to setting cyber-strategy, investing in making the workplace cyber-smart through training and a reward/disincentive system, and realizing technology alone is not an adequate defense.

While in many instances data breaches result from simple employee error, employers too often discount threats from workers seeking to deliberately cause a cyber-breach, Edward McAndrew, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and a former federal cybercrime prosecutor, told Bloomberg BNA.

"It’s not enough to just have a stronger firewall, and it’s not enough to train employees and hope for the best," McAndrew added.

"At first notice of a malicious breach from within the company, an investigation should begin without tipping off the suspected employee, he said. This can be done through mirror imaging of the employee's workstation at night and monitoring the employee’s online and physical activities," McAndrew said. He also recommended employers seek help from local law enforcement.

"If all of this is done effectively, there’s a great potential to mitigate the harm, fully understand and recover from the breach, and properly take action against the employee," he said.