Current employees pose the biggest business security risk
Security and background checks shouldn’t be exclusive to new starters but instead be extended to all employees, regardless of their tenure length, the findings of a new study suggest.
Research from data analysts Nuix found that employees with an agenda, or those who fall prey to social engineering ploys, are the biggest security risks that companies face today – not new starters looking to bring a business down from the inside.
By surveying 28 corporate security executives across 10 business sectors, Nuix discovered that human behaviour was the biggest threat to business security in 93 per cent of cases – up from 88 per cent in 2015.
The majority of companies are already doing something about this, though. Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) said they already have an insider threat policy or programme in place – for which 21 per cent said they’d increased spending year-on-year. For 14 per cent of respondents, more than two-fifths of budget was allocated to insider threats.
Although companies are becoming more adept at identifying insider threats, not all are coming down hard on any ‘problem’ employees they discover. Some were even found to make individuals certain offers in order to retain their services, as their (honest) work is of particular value to the company.
The issue is that companies can never know how an employee may behave in the future, and that initial screening doesn’t give an indication of an individual’s conduct in the long-term. For this reason, the vetting and monitoring process should be ongoing, in order to tighten the net on any employees at risk of breaching security from the inside – whether they’re new starters or seasoned veterans.ts.