2019Data Security

 Survey Reveals Nine Out of Ten IT and Security Professionals Feel Vulnerable to Insider Threats

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report entitled “State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace 2019” released by SaaS (Software as a Service) Operations Management platform BetterCloud has revealed that 91 percent of IT (Information Technology) and security professionals surveyed feel vulnerable to insider threats.

Insider Threats Survey

The insider threats report – for which BetterCloud surveyed nearly 500 IT and security professionals from the world’s leading enterprise organizations – also found 75 percent of respondents believed the biggest risks lie in cloud applications like file storage and email solutions such as Google Drive, Gmail, and Dropbox.

Other key findings of the report were that 62 percent of respondents believed that negligent end users were the biggest security threat, while 40 percent of respondents believed they were most vulnerable to exposure of confidential business information such as financial information and customer lists.

“The rise of SaaS in the digital workplace has made companies more vulnerable than ever to insider threats,” stated BetterCloud Founder and CEO David Politis. “A major reason is SaaS has given users all the control over data within the application and, as a result, IT and security teams have lost control.”

Employers increasingly concerned about the risks associated with insider threats need strategies to minimize those risks, according to a whitepaper written by background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

In the whitepaper entitled “Background Checks and Reducing the Insider Threat: Strategies Before and After Hiring,” Rosen revealed that potential insider threats come not just from full-time employees but also from anyone with access to a business including contractors, vendors, and temporary workers.

Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – thinks it is critical that an organization have a commitment to prevent insider threats, as well as a leadership team and professionals who are able to formulate and implement an overall strategy since each new hire carries the potential for insider threats.

Even with so-called “good hires,” Rosen warns that the potential for insider threats always exists post-hire since circumstances can change. The whitepaper is available at www.esrcheck.com/Tools-Resources/Whitepaper-Library/Background-Checks-and-Reducing-the-Insider-Threat/.


More Information about Insider Threats from ESR

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and also undergoes annual SOC 2® audits. To learn more about insider threats, visit www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/tag/insider-threats/.

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