Top 4 Internal Security Threats to Organizations

The threat to security from internal factors is real and substantial.

With 21% businesses in Canada reporting cyber security incidents, the hazards to internal security emerge as a growing concern. It’s also stated that large corporations face double the risk of internal security threats than small enterprises.

The Insider Threat Report published in 2018 stated that a majority—90%—of organizations feel threatened by insider attacks. The main risk factors they identified included allowing around 37% employees with unrestricted access to company data and a rise in electronic devices that contain sensitive information.

With insider attacks becoming more frequent by the day, it’s time to know the top 4 internal security threats to organizations.

Cyber attacks

In this digital age, business have mechanized and digitized their scale of operations. For a business to grow and excel in the industry there’s an unstated requirement to rely more on technology than man power.

Since cloud storage facilities offer a much larger space for data collection, organizations store company information there and allot access to employees working on it. This has led to a considerable rise in cyber attacks because with knowledge comes power and with power, the urge to exploit. Tech-savvy employees can unlock backdoors into company systems and leak private information to external sources. Such malicious threats are often a consequence of mistreatment of employees at workplace or recruitment of unreliable employees without proper background check.

Social Engineering

Security attacks are not a decision made spontaneously on one impulse; they’re a consequence of sufficient planning and strategic plotting. Criminals who plan to attack an organization from within often exploit employees already working within. This is an extensive social engineering project in which present employees are preyed on and exploited by the culprits. Their trust is manipulated into convincing them to cheat their work ethics and reveal insider information like passwords, identities and documents. Even with a technical security team operating in-house, such minor discrepancies can go unnoticed without strict supervision. It’s important to employ special security forces and educate employees about ways to deal with external attackers.

Information Leakage

Losing out confidential information or private data can be a big loss to any organization. There are countless ways through which information can be stolen without leaving any digital footprints. But gladly, innovations in security services have enabled us to protect systems from information leakage as well. Data can be transferred to external storage devices. Employees using cell phones during work hours can easily copy data on their personal devices and take it home. It’s important to police such actions and warn employees against probably repercussions if they’re being caught.

Downloading Internet Content

Even though some employees do go against company policies and launch attacks internally, some attacks may be planned and carried out even without the consent of the said employee.

Downloading malicious content online is one way to do so. Your employees don’t necessarily have to be in on the attack to obliviously open doors for unauthorized sources. A simple break from work while surfing the internet can turn into a blatant internal security threat to the organization. Therefore it should be strictly prohibited to play online games, download suspicious links, surf non-work-related websites or contact external sources from social websites. Alongside, also update your antivirus software to be safer.

Guardmore is a security service company in Edmonton, Alberta. We provide a full-service protection to organizations from internal and external threats. If you require our services, kindly contact us here.

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