Most companies create security strategies to keep outsiders from getting into the network, however, a majority of security breaches are the result of unintentional or deliberate internal threats. According to global research firm Forrester’s, 36% of security breaches are caused by employees misusing sensitive data.
There’s a few categories of potential internal threats, including:
Competitors can recruit your employees and pay them to steal confidential data.
Resentful employees, whether current or terminated, may wish to do damage to the network.
Employees may install unauthorized software or open malicious email attachments.
Employees may forget to install important software patches and updates.
It’s critical to create a security policy that addresses internal and external threats. Your security policy should include the following provisions to address internal threats:
Once you’ve developed a security policy that addresses both internal and external threats, distribute the policy and ensure employees understand the potential risks. Conduct security awareness training, including Internet safety and data security, to prevent unintentional breaches.
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