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.
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.
Respondents are most concerned about inadvertent data breaches and leaks (71%), followed by negligent data breaches (68%) and malicious data breaches (61%).
Privileged IT users and administrators: 60%,
Contractors, consultants, temp workers: 57%,
Privileged business users: 49%,
Executive managers: 31%
Monetizing sensitive data: 55%,
IP theft: 39%,
File servers: 55%,
Mobile devices: 44%,
Business applications: 42%
Customer data is most vulnerable to insider attacks at 63%. Financial data and intellectual property follow at 55% and 54%, respectively.
Endpoints (57%) beat out mobile devices (36%), networks (35%) and cloud infrastructure (20%) as the most common assets used to launch insider attacks.
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%
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.
Asked whether their organization leverages analytics to determine insider threats, 56% said they do, 30% said they don’t and 14% are unsure.
Security perimeter defense tools: 76%,
Database and file monitoring tools: 67%,
Security events dashboard: 58%
Lack of training and expertise: 60%,
Lack of budget: 50%,
Lack of collaboration between departments: 48%