You’re Probably Unaware of These 5 Reasons Employees are Hacking Your Business Data (Plus How to Stop the Security Breach)

MomHackerEvery year, approximately 25 percent of small businesses fall victim to a cybercrime. Of those, 60 percent are out of business within six months.1 While protecting data from cyber criminals outside of your organization is imperative, it’s only one part of a comprehensive data security plan. You must also protect your data from hackers within your organization.

Whether or not their intent is malicious (and more often than not, it isn’t), John your lead sales person or Susan your line supervisor could moonlight as a hacker. Here are the top five reasons employees hack, and what you can do to prevent it.

1. Developers Encourage It

As employees realize the value of business intelligence, they’re asking developers for more and more reports and data. The trouble is, developers are already overwhelmed with work. When they don’t have time to run reports or they become frustrated by numerous user requests, developers have been known to show employees how to pull information on their own. This alleviates strain on the development team, but creates a very serious data security breach.


There are several key features you should look for when you’re searching for the right BI software; being business user-friendly is arguably one of the most important.

Yurbi was created for the non-technical business user, which means it gives every employee the power to leverage business intelligence. This reduces developer dependence and frees developers to tackle other tasks. Plus, Yurbi’s Role Based Access Control and other security features ensure users only have access to data the administrator deems necessary. It’s the best of both worlds: data access without data security worries.

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2. They’re Under the Gun

With or without the help of IT, when your employees are under the gun they’re going to find a way to get the data they need. As they hunt and peck their way through your database, they’re viewing sensitive information and potentially damaging the integrity of your data.


An agile business intelligence solution like Yurbi offers data discovery features that allow the user to “slice and dice” data, so they can quickly get the information they need, when they need it. And, Yurbi’s mobile strategy allows the business user to pull real-time reports and view up to date dashboards right from their mobile device. All along, security is never sacrificed. Even when your employees are accessing data via mobile, their security roles and data profiles are enforced, just as if they were working from their desktop.

3. They Aren’t Getting the Reports They Want (Or Need)

Poor communication between the requester and IT is just one of the variety of reasons your employees aren’t getting the reports they want (or need). Frustrated, they find a way to dive into the data themselves, and that opens your company to a whole slew of potential data security breaches.


When choosing a business user BI tool, you want simplicity without sacrificing power or security. Yurbi’s intuitive drag and drop features make it easy for users to create meaningful reports, but admin still controls exactly what data a report builder can see, and Yurbi’s App Shield applies the constraints at the database query level. For added security, Yurbi includes enterprise-level auditing. That means you can easily find out how your users are leveraging Yurbi, what data they’re accessing, and more.

4. The Data They Get Is Stale

Stale data can impact your business in a number of ways. One of which is it prevents your employees from making timely and informed decisions that help them perform their jobs the best they can. When employees consistently get old data from IT, they’re tempted to take matters into their own hands and search for fresh data themselves. –And that’s a recipe for a security disaster.


Stale data can offer value, but more often than not your employees want access to real-time data. One feature you should look for in a business intelligence solution is the ability to deliver real-time data via desktop and mobile.

5. They’re Out for Revenge

Whether they view coworkers’ salary information or steal proprietary data, no employer is exempt from a disgruntled employee exploiting the company database.


The only BI tool you should consider is one that makes data security the utmost priority. Yurbi’s Role Based Access Control (RBAC) model not only helps you manage what data a user can access, but also what they can do per data source. Plus, the Administrator can set up proactive alarms that alert them to potentially inappropriate user activity, and turn on or off user access to Yurbi with just one click.

We’d have to learn about your organization’s business intelligence needs to determine if Yurbi is a good fit, but if you’re looking for an affordable business user friendly BI tool that offers best in class security protocols, it could be. If you’re curious how your organization might benefit from a business intelligence tool like Yurbi, read our free eBook “The Hidden Cost of Bad Business Intelligence.” If you’re ready to take the next step, we encourage you to take a look at the Yurbi Pricing Guide, which will provide you with information on how to calculate your BI costs and develop your usage strategy.

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