Trusted insiders are biggest threat to corporation's security

By Derek Sooman on
What would you do if you wanted to steal data from an organisation? Perform some kind of complicated external hack? Orchestrate a social engineering attack? Well, the best thing, it seems, is to infiltrate the organisation in question. Become a trusted insider and steal data that way.

According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) in the UK, employees themselves are still the greatest threat to a company's security. Why try to circumvent complex firewalls in order to penetrate a company's network, when getting a job there will do?

Speaking today at the Infosecurity conference in London, Tony Neate, e-crime liaison for the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), said insider 'plants' are causing significant damage to companies.

He said: "We have fraud and ID theft but one of the big threats still comes from the trusted insiders. That is people inside the company who are attacking the systems.

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