April 09, 2012

What worries IT: a hacker lurking in the Internet's dark corners or Bob in accounting? Turns out it's both. Company employees pose just as much of a threat as cyberthieves, according to InformationWeek's 2012 Strategic Security Survey of business technology pros.

And yet, insider threats represent only a fraction of all attacks--just 4 percent, according to Verizon's 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report. So why the fuss? Because insiders have access to critical company information, and there are dozens of ways for them to steal it. And these attacks can have significant impact. Last year, a Bank of America employee sent account information on hundreds of customers to identity thieves, who used the information to steal money from those accounts. Losses totaled $10 million, not to mention the public relations fallout from the incident.



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