Malware, ransomware, phishing and viruses get so much attention in the media, from the public and even from IT staffs working to keep their environments secure. WannaCry is the biggest cybercrime story of the century, and will likely hold on to that title until the next external-threat-based incident makes the news.
Because it simply makes more sense. It’s easier to imagine a lone hacker sitting in a basement, targeting a business with their home-brewed cyber weapons than it is to think about what a disgruntled employee might do once they build up the nerve.
Yet, in a recent study conducted by research firm, Clearswift, 42% of all IT security incidents occur as a result of employee actions. According to the Ponemon 2018 Cost of Insider Threats Report, negligent staff account for almost 2/3 of the all insider breaches; yet the cost of impact is 3X more expensive when the internal attack is intentional or malicious.
Malicious Employees (and the Damage They Cause): It’s NOT A Myth!
No one wants to believe that Johnny or Susan are anything other than honorable people. They attend company functions, engage at the watercooler and add a lot during brainstorming sessions. Yet, one is being paid by an industry rival, and the other is just resentful that another staffer makes more money. Unfortunately, both have far more access than they should for their roles in the company, access that allows them to steal or delete data or create havoc in the EUC (end user computing) environment. Consider these statistics from the Ponemon study:
Why Are Insider Threats So Damaging?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the frequency, damage and potential of malicious insider threats, but the three key aspects are:
While malicious staff can be the most difficult threat to guard against, moving your EUC environment to CloudJumper can eliminate the issue all together. We maintain a multi-faceted security approach that includes physical and virtual security measures, and threat pattern analysis. If you would like to learn more, check out our infographic and white paper both title, 7 Habit of Highly Effective EUC Environment Security…in the cloud.
This is just one of the many benefits of working with CloudJumper and our Cloud Workspace® Management Suite software. Regardless of whether a disgruntled employee tried to wreak havoc on their way out, or an absent-minded staffer accidentally caused some data loss, we have them covered. Contact us today. Hello@CloudJumper.com or 844.645.6789. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn.