By 2005, 60 percent of security breach incident costs incurred by businesses will be financially or politically motivated, according to Gartner, Inc. Most of these financial losses will be the work of insiders working alone or in conspiracy with outsiders.

"Security managers and CIOs are well aware of the threat posed by insiders but often find it easier technically and politically to take action against external threats instead," said Victor S. Wheatman, managing vice president for Gartner. "Businesses must take steps to secure themselves against criminally intent insiders or resign themselves to suffering significant losses from insider crimes."

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