It’s not hard to believe that company insiders are largely responsible for the majority of cyber-enabled thefts of intellectual property. Methods varied widely, but the top three methods used were email from work, removable media, and remote network access.
Knowledge is the key to mitigating these threats. It is critical that all levels of management recognize and acknowledge the risks posed by their current and former employees, contractors, and business partners.
According to the 2011 CyberSecurity Watch Survey, approximately 21 percent of cyber crimes against organizations are committed by insiders. Of the 607 organizations participating in the survey, 46 percent stated that the damage caused by insiders was more significant than the damage caused by outsiders.