Bonfire Night is a very British festivity, and arguably a celebration of one of the biggest insider threats in history – Guy Fawkes. Here’s how to prevent your data from being stolen.
Once upon a time, in an enterprise far, far away, there lived a valiant IT manager and team. The team kept its company’s precious data safe from the evil, horrid hackers. One day, a breach occurred and sensitive data was stolen. Luckily, the company recovered – but only just.
Staff are a precious asset, but they can also cause the biggest problems, which is the centre of the insider threat debate. Consider, however, that leaked data is not always the result of vindictive behaviour.
This year, not every business has been awarded an A* in cyber security. Be it an accidental data leak, an employee falling foul of phishing, or vulnerabilities that are yet to be patched, most companies have plenty of room for improvement.
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It is an undeniable fact that in today's digital world, we are all pretty much reliant on information technology and the Internet to run our businesses. It is also a fact that it is not "if" but "when" will our IT Infrastructure and business applications be under attack.
Insider threats – threats from people who exploit legitimate access to an organisation’s assets – now comprise more than half of all cyber security incidents. However, many businesses simply don’t have adequate safeguards in place to detect or prevent attacks involving insiders.
When we think of cyber attacks what springs to mind tends to come in the form of exterior threats. We envision far off criminals hacking systems and alien malware invading from afar – but often the biggest threats to the security of our businesses and industries come from within.
Security Intelligence company LogRhythm recent report suggests that while businesses are growing increasingly aware of the insider threat, they still lack enforceable controls to stop and punish perpetrators.