What is insider threat?

Insider threat is the risk that one or more employees will abuse their authorized access to steal data, disrupt operations, or cause other damage. For example, a disgruntled employee might want to hurt their employer in some way by leaking sensitive data or deleting files. Insider threats may also include contractors who have been granted some level of access but are no longer entitled to the same level of trust.
Insider threats are hard to detect because they come from people with legitimate access to company data and networks.

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.

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How do we prevent insiders from occurring?

Insiders are a major threat in the cybersecurity world. They pose a huge risk to companies because they have insider knowledge of the company and its infrastructure. There are some ways we can prevent insiders from occurring. One way is to hold frequent meetings with employees to make sure that they know what is expected of them, what their job responsibilities are, and their role in the company as a whole.

What are some examples of insider threats?

Insider threats are typically trusted people who have been given access to sensitive data but decide to misuse that access. Common examples include a disgruntled employee, an ex-employee, or a contractor with a grudge. Insider threats may also come from someone with legitimate access but who decides to take advantage of the trust system. In some cases, the insider threat is not even an employee but rather a business partner such as a vendor or customer.