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In the News: Insider Threat & Remote Workforces

With so many employees working from home and off the corporate network, the risk of insider threat has never been greater. Read some of the latest new stories and see what they are saying about protecting your data from loss, leak or theft.

As Remote Work Becomes the Norm, Security Fight Moves to Cloud, Endpoints

Excerpts from an article by Dark Reading

“Almost three-quarters of companies (74%) expect at least 5% or more of their former on-site employees to work from home on a permanent basis, while nearly a quarter of firms are planning to keep at least 20% of their workers out of the office post-pandemic, according to a survey of chief financial officers by market research firm Gartner. 

“With remote work comes greater cloud usage. That could be a problem for many companies that have issues with visibility into the security of their cloud components, and that often rely on perimeter and on-premise security software and appliances to keep their systems and data safe, says Michael Sentonas, chief technology officer at security services firm CrowdStrike.”

For more, read the full article on Dark Reading

The Insider Threat During a Pandemic

Excerpts from an article by Bank Info Security 

“Even in the best of economic circumstances, enterprises face risks of insiders stealing data or selling access to systems. But Joseph Blankenship of Forrester says the possibility of layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic puts enterprises at more risk of insider threats.

’We’re reaching a period where everyone is somewhat uncertain,’ says Joseph Blankenship, a vice president and research director with Forrester. ‘A lot of the insider threat is driven by personal factors.’”

For more, read the full article on Bank Info Security 

Companies wrestle with new cyber security threat: their own employees

Excerpts from an article by Hannah Murphy on Financial Times 

“We’re seeing people say, ‘I need better visibility into what my employees are doing with all of our data at home,’ said Joe Payne, chief executive of cloud security group Code42, which tracks and analyses employees’ activity on work devices. The group examines factors, including when an employee typically works, what files they access and how much data they download. 

‘[Employers can ask] — if we have 10,000 employees, can you tell us who the most high-risk people are?’ he said, adding that his company was handling a rise in cases of data theft among clients.”

For more, read the full article on Financial Times

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