Insider Threats

A survey published today by Secure Computing Corporation, a security vendor, reveals an increasing concern by IT Directors about insider threats. More than 80% of the 103 Directors surveyed were more concerned about insider threats than external ones. One reason for this might be that 37% of respondents have experienced a leakage of sensitive information in the past year. The result appears to be a significant increase in budgets allocated to strengthening internal security.

That’s good news because concern about insider threats has previously been very low on the radar of IT directors, though it’s always been the soft underbelly of organisations.

Amongst other things it reflects a significant increase in data leakage incidents, as well as the fact that technology is now the preferred channel for espionage and leaks .