#ISC2Congress: How to Mitigate Evolving Insider Threats

#ISC2Congress: How to Mitigate Evolving Insider Threats

The changing nature of insider threats was described by Lisa Forte, founder, Red Goat Cyber Security, during a keynote presentation at this week’s virtual ISC2 Security Congress 2021.

Forte began by noting that traditionally, insider threat actors are seen as ‘bad apples’ within a business, but we have now “moved quite far away from that.” Indeed, many perpetrators do so without malicious intent. She also pointed out that it has become far easier for employees to carry out these acts of espionage on their employers' thanks to new technologies. For example, mobile phones can be used to take photos of important data, and thousands of documents can be transferred to an SD card. These acts are far easier to conceal than previously when insider threat actors would “have to physically copy large quantities of files.”

Additionally, the rise of social media means that the “biggest threat comes from insider people who get socially manipulated online to hand over information,” according to Forte. She then described a recent case that highlights this tactic. This involved a scientist (John) who was in charge of a team working on sensitive research for a major UK company. He had recently

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