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In Denial Over Insider Threats?

Posted September 19, 2011    Peter McCalister

Ever felt like if you could just ignore something, it would go away, disappear, self-correct? Guess what? The good news is you’re not alone. The bad news is that the company you’re keeping happens to be the majority of IT security professionals responsible for protecting corporate information assets.

An article published by Business News Daily published September 8, 2011 had the headline “Business In Denial When It Comes To IT Security Breaches” and goes on to report “Findings from a Tenable Network Security study show that more than 90 percent of IT security professionals surveyed discussed large-scale, high-profile breaches such as those at RSA, Citigroup and Sony with senior management — but only 23 percent did anything beyond that.”

The article also stated that “despite the large number of internal issues, those surveyed ranked preventing insider threats as the second-lowest information security priority for the next six to eight months, with mobile device security being the top priority.” and that “IT security professionals themselves also are to blame for the security breaches, according to the study. One in three security professionals admitted they had violated internal security policies they created in order to complete a work-related task more quickly or easily.”

This is why we are constantly pushing to implement least privilege solutions: because good people can do bad things intentionally, accidentally and indirectly.

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