What is insider threat?
When are insider threats most likely to occur?
Insider threats are most likely to occur when employees are given too much access, lose their clearance or their position changes. As the saying goes, loose lips sink ships. Employees who start talking about sensitive company information outside of work hours may be unwittingly exposing themselves and the company to a major breach in cybersecurity.
Who might be prone to becoming an insider threat?
Insider threats are often motivated by revenge, greed, or some other personal motive. Insider threats that target an organization with the intention of causing harm often have a higher level of expertise than outsiders do. This includes a deep understanding of the company’s technology and processes. They also typically possess privileged access to the company’s network, which makes them harder to detect.