Ask any IT professional to name the security threats to their organisation and they will probably reel off a list of external sources; hackers, viruses, denial of service attacks and phishing.
But are these dangers from outside of a business really the greatest security threat?
More often than not the greatest risk to any organisation comes from within. That unhappy employee, or rogue insider who will go to any length to gain access to the organisation’s crown jewels, share the sensitive data they get their hands on and even put it to some other unscrupulous use such as insider trading.
As the Edward Snowden scandal highlighted, if a disgruntled worker is determined to unearth critical information, it is not that hard to do so. Snowden was an IT contractor, but he gained access to files he should not have by simply asking his colleagues to share their passwords. Once he had the log on details, off he went in search of highly confidential and sensitive data.