Companies Grow More Vulnerable to Insider Threats

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-19-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Companies Grow More Vulnerable to Insider Threats
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    Companies Grow More Vulnerable to Insider Threats

    Insider threats are increasing, privileged IT users and admins are the riskiest users, and monetizing sensitive data is the top reason for insider attacks.
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    The Rise of Insider Attacks
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    The Rise of Insider Attacks

    56% of the information security professionals surveyed think insider attacks have become more frequent in the past 12 months, but 49% don't know if their organization experienced such an attack during that time.
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    Top Insider Threats
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    Top Insider Threats

    Respondents are most concerned about inadvertent data breaches and leaks (71%), followed by negligent data breaches (68%) and malicious data breaches (61%).
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    Users Who Represent the Biggest Risks
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    Users Who Represent the Biggest Risks

    Privileged IT users and administrators: 60%, Contractors, consultants, temp workers: 57%, Employees: 51%, Privileged business users: 49%, Executive managers: 31%
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    Top Types of Insiders Attacks
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    Top Types of Insiders Attacks

    Monetizing sensitive data: 55%, Fraud: 51%, Sabotage: 42%, IP theft: 39%, Espionage: 38%
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    The Most Vulnerable Assets

    Databases: 57%, File servers: 55%, Mobile devices: 44%, Endpoints: 44%, Business applications: 42%
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    Customer Data Is Most Vulnerable
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    Customer Data Is Most Vulnerable

    Customer data is most vulnerable to insider attacks at 63%. Financial data and intellectual property follow at 55% and 54%, respectively.
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    Launch Points of Insider Attacks
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    Launch Points of Insider Attacks

    Endpoints (57%) beat out mobile devices (36%), networks (35%) and cloud infrastructure (20%) as the most common assets used to launch insider attacks.
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    Reasons Insider Attacks Are Increasing

    Insufficient data protection strategies or solutions: 57%, Increasing number of devices with access to sensitive data: 54%, Data increasingly leaving the network perimeter via mobile devices and web access: 48%
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    Internal Versus External Attacks

    66% of respondents said it is more difficult to detect and prevent insider attacks than external attacks, and 67% said that's because insiders already have access to the network and services.
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    Insider Threat Analytics

    Asked whether their organization leverages analytics to determine insider threats, 56% said they do, 30% said they don't and 14% are unsure.
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    Ways to Combat Insider Threats

    Security perimeter defense tools: 76%, Database and file monitoring tools: 67%, Security events dashboard: 58%
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    Barriers to Managing Insider Threats

    Lack of training and expertise: 60%, Lack of budget: 50%, Lack of collaboration between departments: 48%
 

An increasing majority of managers feel their company is more vulnerable to insider threats compared to last year, according to a new survey. Seventy-four percent of respondents to Haystax Technology's "Insider Attacks Industry Survey" feel exposed to threats from employees, a dramatic seven-point increase since the 2015 survey. Haystax, a security and analytics firm, and Crowd Research Partners conducted the crowd-based survey on 300,000 members of LinkedIn's Information Security Community. Thirty-nine percent of respondents are specialists, managers or supervisors; 13 percent are consultants; 22 percent are CEOs, presidents or directors; 7 percent are C-suite executives; 2 percent are vice presidents; and 16 percent have other positions. "The survey makes clear that most security professionals see insider threats as a persistent challenge," said Bryan Ware, Haystax CEO. "They believe better organization policy and more sources are the key to efficiently managing the problem, and that increased use of analytics is an effective deterrent against insider threats."

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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