Insider Threats: The Nearly Invisible Attacks
Potentially dangerous insiders can be largely divided into two categories – malicious insiders and negligent insiders. While the former can harm your business in spite or for financial gains, the latter can jeopardize your IT security by turning a blind eye to security protocols.
Here are some numbers to quantify the danger insider threats pose to businesses like yours:
- In 2020, 23 percent of insider incidents were related to criminal insiders (costing $4.08 million) while 63 percent were related to negligence (costing $4.58 million).1
- Only 46 percent of organizations have an insider risk response plan and 71 percent of them apply it inconsistently or on an ad hoc basis.2
- The likelihood of employees leaking files has jumped by 85 percent from the pre-COVID-19 world.3
The only way to tackle this menace is to detect insider threats early, undertaking remediation measures and repeating the same process regularly.
1 The Cost of Insider Threats: Global Report 2020 by Ponemon Institute and IBM
2 & 3 Data Exposure Report 2021 by Code42 and Ponemon Institute