© 2019 SourceMedia. All rights reserved.

Insider threats cause many of the most damaging security incidents

Insiders continue to pose a serious and growing threat to data security at many organizations, according to a new survey by Cybersecurity Insiders, an online community for information security professionals and vendors, and security company Nucleus Cyber.

The companies surveyed cyber security professionals in the 400,000-member Cybersecurity Insiders community, and found that 70 percent of organizations are more frequently seeing insider attacks and 60 percent experienced one or more within the last 12 months. More than two thirds (68 percent) feel “extremely to moderately” vulnerable to these attacks.

The report showed that today’s most damaging security threats often don’t originate from outsiders or malware, but from trusted insiders, said Holger Schulze, CEO and founder of Cybersecurity Insiders.

Social Media Apps And Computer Keyboards
A stream of binary coding, text or computer processor instructions, is seen displayed on a laptop computer screen as a man works to enter data on the computer keyboard in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The U.K.s biggest banks fear cyber attacks more than regulation, faltering economic growth and other potential risks, and are concerned that a hack could be so catastrophic that it could lead to a state rescue, according to a survey. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Not only are organizations seeing a dramatic increase of attacks from insiders, the report said, but 85 percent are finding it difficult to determine the actual damage being caused, especially in cloud environments.

After migrating to the cloud, 56 percent of the respondents think detecting insider attacks has become “significantly to somewhat” more difficult, and 39 percent identify cloud storage and file sharing applications the most vulnerable.

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here.