Data threats and your staff: too many suspects

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If you think you should be able to trust your employees to have the organization's safety and security at heart, think again. Inside jobs account for an alarming percentage of data compromises at most companies.

New research from GO-Gulf.com, which combines the results from several surveys, reveals that 59 percent of ex-employees surveyed admit that they stole data from their former employers. Furthermore, the research shows that 39 percent of data theft from businesses comes from company insiders.

As noted in an article at Tech Page One, "Preventing such inside jobs is difficult, especially since workers have access to personal devices and the cloud, as well as collaborative and portable storage devices. All it takes is one careless or malicious employee to compromise company security."

The article cites an example at Coca-Cola, in which information on 74,000 employees was compromised due to theft by a former employee.

The most potentially damaging IT security threats remain outside hackers, Go-Gulf says, but it may not be to the initial attack victim. Corporate breaches are often used as gateway attacks to partners and customers.

Dima Polyakov, chief technology officer at i-payout, a Ballandale Beach, FL, provider of digital payment systems, is quoted as saying, "Out largest threats come, not from hacking out IT infrastructure, but from individuals hacking into our clients' database servers, getting user information, impersonating users/members, and trying to move funds into another account via instant or next day methods of withdrawal."

Read more:
- see the Tech Page One article

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