December 28, 2016
Insider threats and the danger they pose are both extremely publicized and well covered topics. Apart from the famous NSA leak by Edward Snowden, there are also strong rumors that several high profile data breaches and leaks of the past couple of years have involved malicious insiders (Ashley Madison and Mossack Fonseca, to name a few cases).
Logic dictates that all of this awareness should translate into actions. And while cyber security software companies keep creating new solutions and cyber security providers keep developing best practices to effectively combat such threats, companies are not in a hurry to adopt these measures. In fact, the reality is the opposite – most companies regardless of the size heavily prioritize threats of network security, while cyber insider threat minimization measures are being put on the backburner (best case, worst case – they aren’t even on the horizon).
Insider threats are more frequent then you think
The fact is, while companies are well aware of the danger, the threat itself is highly underestimated. There are a lot of reports of high-profile hacks, breaches and DDoS attacks on large businesses, conducted by malicious outsiders. At the same time, breaches from inside are reported mostly by government organizations, as well as healthcare and financial institutions.