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Insider Threat to Data Security is Scary—Yet Easy to Tackle

Insider Threat to Data Security is Scary—Yet Easy to Tackle
Insider Threat to Data Security is Scary—Yet Easy to Tackle

Everyone thinks that their business data is at the target of cyber criminals and other crooks outside their organization. But, the fact is that the threat imposed from the employees of the organization to its data is greater than any other threat outside the company. Data can be breached through the insider sources intentionally or unintentionally, means employees can steal confidential data to fulfil some purpose or can just accidentally leak it. To know the severity of the insider threat, Ponemon Institute and Symantec conducted a survey that was based on a sample size of 3,500 employees

The survey revealed that out of these 3,500 employees, almost 50 percent of them were habitual of emailing their official data to their personal accounts on a daily basis. Some of them confessed that they have been using unapproved file sharing apps to transfer the information and nearly 40 percent of the sample size revealed that they used to carry official data in potable drives. It is not necessary that employees transfer records with mal intentions, it is just because the lack of awareness and education in employees regarding data security. The employees have a perception that the data on which they are working on belongs to them.

Employees of a company can steal or carry data away through a number of mediums, but, the most common of all is portable drive. A portable drive such as USB flash drive that is small and has the extreme capability of storing large amount of data is quite handy for such purposes. If you do not want your employees to take company’s official data with them, you can use USB Block that can block all the portable drives from operation. The use of the new principle BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has made even easier for the employees to take data away and that has boosted the chances of data of breaches.

Not so long ago, the world witnessed a case of data breach that shook the National Security Agency. Edward Snowden, who was a CIA employed computer specialist and NSA contractor took some of the extremely sensitive data from NSA system and disclosed it before the world. He was equipped with an orthodox USB drive that acted as a lethal weapon for him. It was just an example of how easy it is to steal organization’s data for an employee. Another survey was conducted in the LogRhythm (a security provider), Nearly 440 employees out of 1,000 said that they trust their colleagues, however, almost 37 percent of them doubted that their fellows might be involved in some kind of unrespectable activity such as data theft.

The reason behind the increasing number of data breaches is not due to some of kind of greed or intention to rip the company apart, but, the main reason behind it is just the unawareness about data security issues and data ownership principles. According to the study carried out by Forrester, only 42 percent of the people who were questioned answered that they had some training related to data security, however, more than 55 percent of them did not know what is their company’s policy regarding data security. Your data is at the risk of getting breached is merely because of your negligence. You can easily make your data secure by just taking some easy and effective security measures and educating your staff.

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About Mohammad Irfan Ali

Mohammad Irfan Ali
Mohammad Irfan is the Lead Content Strategist at NewSoftwares. His main interest is in web related threats, phishing scams and social networking hoaxes. He is the admin of Talk Security and regulates the publication of all blogposts.

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