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Survey Finds Insider Threats Becoming Bigger Concern

Insider Threat

A survey of 1,006 IT leaders published today by BeyondTrust, a provider of tools for managing privileged access management (PAM), suggests insider threat issues are more pervasive than most organizations might fully appreciate.

Announced at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, the survey finds more than two-thirds of respondents (64%) believe their organisation suffered either a direct or indirect data breach due to employee access in the last 12 months.

Further highlighting the challenge associated with insider threats, the survey also notes 62% of respondents believe there was a breach caused by a vendor accessing their systems. A quarter of respondents (25%) said they have confirmed a breach was caused by an external vendor accessing their systems.

On average, survey respondents have 182 vendors logging in to their systems every week. At organisations with 5,000+ employees, almost a quarter (23%) said they have more than 500 vendors logging in regularly. And yet, only 25% of respondents said they fully trust those vendors.

The article suggests that insider threats involving either stolen or compromised credentials are a bigger issue than most organisations realise. While credentials are occasionally pilfered by cybercriminals, a key issue continues to be simple employee behaviour.

Privileged access issues remain a major contributing factor to the severity of any security breach. Once the credentials of someone with privileged access are compromised, the privileged access keys to the proverbial IT kingdom could be almost anywhere. By providing all employees with cyber security awareness training you can minimise the risk of security breaches.

With thanks to the Cyber Defence Alliance and Security Boulevard. The full story is here:

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