14 Insider Security Threats

14 Insider Security Threats

14 Insider Security Threats

1. Portable Storage Misuse Organizations citing risk: 57%
A new study by Computer Economics, "Insider Misuse of Computing Resources," looked at security risks posted by employees who inadvertently expose their organizations to possible information loss or compromise. The survey included 100 IT security professionals and executives.

External threats to data security are clear, says Computer Economics president Frank Scavo, but the nature of internal threats may be less so. For example, over one-third of organizations surveyed lack policies against loading sensitive data onto portable storage devices like USB flash drives. This practice recently compromised a secure data network at the Pentagon.
Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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