53% find it difficult to prevent an insider attack during data aggregation

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Recent data from Ponemon Institute and DTEX found that 53% of companies find it impossible or very difficult to prevent an insider attack when data is added, a key indicator of attack intent.

Above: A breakdown of the top challenges in mitigating workforce risks. Image credit: Ponemon Institute and DTEX Systems

The vast majority of security threats They follow a pattern or sequence of activity that leads to an attack, and insider threats are no exception. To fully understand any internal incident, visibility into the entire chain of kill from an attack is imperative to avoid exfiltration of critical data.

The report revealed that organizations are missing the early warning signs of insider threats and the end or the intended intent of the perpetrators. Nearly half of companies find it impossible or very difficult to prevent an insider attack in the first two stages of the Insider Threat Kill Chain; recognition and circumvention. And 53% of companies find it impossible or very difficult to prevent an insider attack at step three of the kill chain when data is added, a key indicator of attack intent.

In addition, the report identified that only 32% of companies feel that their organizations are very or very effective in preventing the leakage of confidential information. The difficulties that companies experience when it comes to detecting and preventing an imminent attack at various stages of the elimination chain is the result of very few organizations having effective monitoring practices and controls in place. Fifteen percent of organizations say that no one has the ultimate authority and responsibility to control and mitigate workforce risks, a shocking figure given today’s complicated threat landscape.

By leveraging the information presented in this report and filling in the security gaps identified through these findings, companies can work to improve their overall security posture.

Coinciding with Insider Threat Awareness Month and in association with the Ponemon Institute, DTEX systems conducted a comprehensive survey of 1,249 IT and IT security professionals in North America, Western Europe, and Australia / New Zealand.

Read the full report by the Ponemon Institute and DTEX Systems.

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