From managers who steal to innocent employees who are duped, the insider threat is evolving. Researchers Dawn Cappelli and Randy Trzeciak share their latest insight on malicious and accidental insider risks.
The big, external breaches get the headlines, but the insider crimes are doing significant financial damage, says Tim Ryan of Kroll Advisory Solutions. How can organizations address the insider threat?
Two new insider fraud cases showcase the challenges organizations face to detect and prevent crimes by trusted employees. "You need IT controls, but you need more than IT," says researcher Randy Trzeciak.
The answer seems obvious, especially in the context of IT security and information risk. Yet, is it, especially when developing codes and standards, as well as funding research and development initiatives that involve taxpayer money?
Former FBI cyber unit chief Tim Ryan sees mounting dangers from the insider, acknowledging undiscerning employees who don't follow proper processes can cause devastation. But he says the actions of those with malicious intent can be more catastrophic.
"You need to educate people, and you need to have the right control procedures in place to ensure that people are aware of insider fraud," says Larry Ponemon, offering tips to reduce insider risks.
In an interview about the insider threat, Ponemon discusses:
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Increasingly, social engineers target unwitting insiders to plunder organizations' financial and intellectual assets. How can you prevent these and traditional inside attacks? CMU's Dawn Cappelli offers tips.