IT professionals would rather manage external threats than worry about insiders
"Data breaches have become so common that it's easy to overlook them. There were 781 known data breaches in 2015, according to the Identity Theft Resource Centre, enough to read about mistakes being made twice a day if the media chose to write about every incident. Websites like haveibeenpwned.com list dozens of breaches affecting high-profile websites.
Almost anyone active online for a few years is likely to have received multiple breach notifications. So many businesses get hacked or reveal data through inattention that the details become a blur.
The potential threat posed by insiders is well known, even if employees, contractors and partners don't represent the most significant threat vector. According to Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, 172 data breaches around the world last year were attributable to insiders and privilege misuse out of 2,260 breaches analysed.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse's database of data breaches suggests a relatively small percentage of breaches happened as a result of insiders: 13 out of 229 listed from 2015. Since the cause of many breaches is not publicly known, insider involvement could be greater.”
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• IT professionals would rather manage external threats than worry about insiders
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