Insiders are the Real Threat: Report

Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 05:10 PM gHale

While outside hacks can carry a big splash and be expensive, employees are the biggest threat to security, a new survey said.

Fifty-three percent of senior company executives said the main risk to corporate data and computer systems is from their own employees, according to the latest research by IT Governance’s Boardroom Cyber Watch 2013 survey.

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By comparison 27 percent cited cyber criminals, 12 percent state-sponsored cyber attackers and 8 percent competitors as the biggest single security peril.

In addition, 25 percent of surveyed bosses said they had faced a “concerted attack” in the past 12 months, while over 20 percent were unsure if their business had been subject to such an attack.

Another 52 percent said their board receives “regular” reports on the status of their organization’s IT security, while just 5 percent said reports came in daily, with 11 percent submitted every week and 33 percent on a monthly basis.

The “inside” cyber attack may be a less interesting story but it is, for most organizations, a more significant one.

“Companies are not ignorant of the risks: 77 percent of bosses told us their organization has a method for detecting and reporting attacks or incidents,” said IT Governance Chief Executive Alan Calder. “However, in the boardroom, many companies still appear too removed from the action for directors to meet their governance obligations.”

Click here for more details on the report.

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