While most organizations invest significant resources into protecting against external cyber threats, an often-underestimated risk exists much closer to home: insider threats. These threats, originating from employees, contractors, or even business partners, can lead to severe financial and reputational damage.
Insider threats can be unintentional or intentional. Unintentional threats could be due to ignorance, negligence or accidental - like misplacing or losing a storage device containing sensitive information or ignoring messages to install software updates and security patches. Intentional threats are actions taken to harm the organization on a personal grievance or for personal benefit. Actions could include leaking sensitive information, harassing associates, sabotaging equipment, or stealing proprietary data.