The Internal Threat Vector: Insider Threats on Cybersecurity
86 to 87% of all Ransomware attacks originate from outside sources. Whether the attack came through a weak or improperly setup firewall, ineffective anti-virus software or poor internal training, it’s still a disaster of great magnitude. And if these outside threats are not enough, there are a number of internal threats you need to be aware of.
- Negligent Insider Threats.
These cybersecurity threats are made unintentionally when employees or contractors do not follow IT mandates and policies designed by the organization. Examples are sharing important data like passwords with others via email or failing to do software updates that are intended to strengthen cybersecurity.
- Malicious Insider Threats.
Your employees may have access to important data such as customer info, financials, personnel records, and personal data on employees and customers. Disgruntled employees may help themselves to this information to wreak havoc at some point in the future.
- Compromised Insider Threats.
Cybercriminals are well-versed in creating influential emails for your employees to click on. These “phishing” attempts could execute links that download malware or other common forms of mischief. The worst case scenario is ransomware attack, which is not only a huge financial hit, but could come with legal fees and fines from governmental agencies.
- Third-party Insider Threats.
Partners or vendors outside of the company who do not have the proper requirements and policies in place may unintentionally expose your organization’s data, intellectual property, or proprietary information. It is imperative that they too follow company mandates, policies and protocols designed to strengthen internal defenses.
If you feel there are weaknesses within your IT infrastructure and have the desire to proactively eliminate potential problems that go along with it, feel free to reach out to CCR Technology Partners for a complimentary hour of consulting with an actual CIO professional. Call us at (317) 842-1754. Select the number “2” when prompted for an extension.
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