Why Insider Security Threats Are a Growing Problem

By Gina Roos

Businesses face a rising security threat from within their companies due to increased adoption of the cloud and mobile devices, according to new research, conducted by Crowd Research Partners, and sponsored by Bitglass, a cloud access security broker. The study, based on a survey of 500 IT and security professionals, reveals that more than six in 10 respondents have seen an increase in insider threats over the past 12 months. They attribute the growth of insider threats to insufficient data protection, more data leaving the network and more devices with sensitive data. What's troubling is that many organizations lack information about how many insider threats actually occurred within the organization. Yet insider attacks can damage a company's reputation, and remediation costs can reach into the millions. The challenge for companies is detecting insider threats, particularly as more apps and data migrate to the cloud. Here are key takeaways from the report that show why IT and security teams need to implement tools and services that give them greater visibility and control of their data.

This article was originally published on 2015-06-16
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.