2018 Crowd Research Partners ‘Insider Threat Report’: hopes and fears revealed

An overwhelming number of organizations feel vulnerable to insider attacks – but you might be surprised at the top three risk factors enabling this vulnerability.

2018 Crowd Research Partners 'Insider Threat Report': hopes and fears revealed

Crowd Research Partners released their annual Insider Threat Report, which is the most comprehensive survey on the topic of insider threats. The survey is comprised of 472 cyber security professionals, the majority (87%) being in leadership roles. The report is rich with data so let’s explore what has been identified. While this article provides an overview, it’s worth it to see the report for yourself to understand the context behind the final product.

The key findings of the survey were that an overwhelming 90% of organizations felt vulnerable to insider attacks. The top three risk factors enabling the insider threat vulnerability are excessive access privileges (37%), endpoint access (36%), and information technology complexity (35%). Of the 472 professionals interviewed, 53% confirmed that an insider attack had happened at their organization in the last year.

The insiders they fear

The survey had some interesting results about who companies consider the riskiest insiders. Surprisingly there was almost an even split in every question asked. >> Continue reading on CSO

Isaac Kohen

Isaac Kohen

Isaac Kohen started out in quantitative finance by programming trading algorithms at a major hedge fund. His time spent in the financial world and exposure to highly sensitive information triggered his curiosity for IT security. He worked as an IT security consultant for several years where he spearheaded efforts to secure the IT infrastructure of companies with masses of confidential data. When Isaac first entered the industry, IT norms were to prohibit and lock out as many people as possible to protect data. He found that this was a very ineffective way of solving the issue because it made it hard for many people who wanted to cause no harm, to do their jobs. He decided to focus on algorithms targeting user behavior to find outliers within the companies he consulted with to help detect insider threats. Isaac can be contacted at ikohen@teramind.co

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