8 of the world’s biggest insider threat security incidents

Introduction

If you work in or are just interested in the general area of you will no doubt have heard of the dreaded insider threat. In the context of cybersecurity , the word “insider” covers a spectrum of people, from a simple accident that leads to exposure to a state-employed spy who steals corporate secrets.

Insider threats are a special kind of cybersecurity issue as they can be the most difficult to detect. The figures and the level of attacks over recent years show how true this is.

The National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NIATM), which happens during September, has been designed to help raise awareness of insider threats. As part of NIATM, this post will look at some of the shocking levels of insider threats that industry has to deal with and some of the real-life stories behind them.

 

Figures that reveal the level and breadth of insider threat

An insider threat is multi-faceted, affecting the entire ecosystem of work, employees and non-employees. As more of join the remote working revolution, it is also likely that accidental or non-malicious insider-based threats will continue to compound the problem.

Insider threats are complicated in their

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