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Malicious and accidental insider threats pose cybersecurity challenge

By: Michael Hatamoto | Posted: Jan 14, 2015 @ 16:30 CST

Insider threats could pose major cybersecurity risks for companies in 2015, with even more phishing attempts and major data breaches by non-hackers, according to the Personam insider threat protection firm.


In addition, there will be an increase in additional insider threat-themed security budgets, as companies take a closer look at beefing up their cyber defenses. Expect to see commercial markets drive insider threat capabilities in innovation, because government agencies face bureaucratic road blocks.

"Insider threat is traditionally thought to be malicious employees with access to critical data and systems as part of their work, but a major shift is occurring as a result of huge data breaches like the one Target suffered, where compromised credentials of a supplier were used as the attack vector," said Chris Kauffman, CEO of Personam, in a press statement.

When discussing insider threats, most people immediately think of coordinated and deliberate activities to compromise a company or agency. However, Personam was quick to point out that the threat entails even more than that:

"While the Snowden incident was caused by a deliberate action, often times an insider threat is a result of accidental exposure or simple employee misuse, where phishing attacks successfully deliver malware onto the network," Kauffman added.

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