Companies that primarily focus on guarding their networks from outside intruders need to also concentrate on preventing malicious acts from inside the organization, said speakers at the Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit in Chicago.

While 75 percent of system and network downtime is due to non-malicious events, 20 percent is from malicious acts inside the company, and just 5% from outside malicious acts, stated Mark Ermence, field system engineer for Tripwire Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based developer of security technologies.

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