Vetting could quell the threat of data leaks
Proper vetting and background checks could protect companies from the ever-growing threat of cyber crime, it is claimed.
Numerous companies have been the subject of data breaches this year alone, including Marks & Spencer, TalkTalk and British Gas. Not only does this pose the threat of financial recriminations, it also destroys brand trust as the stories are reported upon far and wide.
In light of the growing threat, cyber security expert Tommy Helsby told ft.com how proper vetting should be the first port of call for companies looking to prevent themselves from becoming the next victim.
Although the image of a hacker is a shadowy figure hitting a site from the outside, most data breaches actually come from within a company – whether intentional or not. In fact, three quarters of global companies were victims of fraud over the past year – with 81 per cent of these instances coming from an inside job.
Helsby explained: “Cyber crime is one of those things where the insider is the dominant threat. You have all these clever defences against people on the outside, but people on the inside are already on the inside.”
To combat this, Helsby urged companies to put better vetting and security processes in place. This doesn’t just have to be on new starters or existing employees, though, but could stretch across the entire supply chain, partner agencies and intermediaries. This, he claimed, would both root out anyone intentionally leaking information, or show those who did so accidentally just the risks they are running.
Helsby concluded that there isn’t much a company can do to protect itself from external sources hell bent on breaking through their security, but “there is something you can do to protect yourself internally.”