Much has made recently of the "insider threat" and how it can affect an organization's data security.  But which is really a bigger threat to your organization?  A hacker or a disgruntled employee with access to the company's confidential data? 

The answer might surprise you.  Although the intent of a hacker is generally more insidious (stealing your banking log-in, for example), the insider threat is actually more costly simply due to an employee's access to company data.

A recent survey, "2011 CyberSecurity Watch Survey" found that, although there are more instances of cyber threats, their overall cost is less than that of an insider-caused data breach.  The survey concluded that more attacks (58%) are caused by outsiders (those without authorized access to network systems and data) versus 21% of attacks caused by insiders (employees or contractors with authorized access)... however 33% view the insider attacks to be more costly.

Click  here for the full story at SecurityWeek.

Written by Kanguru — October 31, 2012

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