Internal security threats still a major concern

Although the focus of most attention in the security world is on the perimeter threats and securing the gateway the internal problems with staff accessing and compromising data show no signs of diminishing.

Although the focus of most attention in the security world is on the perimeter threats and securing the gateway the internal problems with staff accessing and compromising data show no signs of diminishing.

According to a survey by LSI the internal threat continues to be a concern with 41% of organisations viewing employee misuse of the corporate network as their biggest security worry.

The survey of IT Directors found that after employee misuse, 21% of organisations saw traditional hacking attacks as the biggest security threat, closely followed by widening network perimeters 15% and then lack of encryption in data centres.

John Bromhead, Tarari content processors product marketing at LSI, said that staff education was needed to make sure people were aware of the risks they posed when downloading images or being lax about passwords.

"Education, however, is only half of the solution; this needs to be backed up by a robust security system, especially when considering the growing amount of data crossing an organisation's network," he added.

Fabian Libeau, EMEA marketing director at ArcSight, said that there had been an almost constant split with internal threats accounting for around 70% but it was not given that focus compared to external worries.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill, said that there was a growing number of solutions that targeted internal threats and an increasing awareness because of compliance requirements to do something about protecting internally.

"You need to protect the data because the gateways are disappearing," he said.

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