61 percent of companies have experienced an insider attack over the last year says report

Published: Friday, 04 September 2020 07:16

Bitglass has released its 2020 Insider Threat Report, which looks at the state of enterprise security as it pertains to insider threats. Bitglass partnered with a cyber security community and surveyed IT professionals to understand how their businesses balance budgetary and data protection concerns while defending against insider threats.

Employees, whether careless or malicious, can pose a great risk to organizations. A majority of survey respondents (61 percent) reported at least one insider attack over the last 12 months (22 percent reported at least six separate attacks).

Businesses are currently undergoing seismic shifts, including rapid migrations to the cloud and widespread adoptions of remote work and BYOD (bring your own device) policies. Along with these trends, securing against insider threats has become increasingly challenging. Most organizations cannot guarantee that they can detect insider threats stemming from personal devices (82 percent) or the cloud (50 percent), while 81 percent find it difficult to assess the impact of insider attacks. 

Despite these concerns, few respondents have a single platform that delivers unified visibility and control for any interaction. When dealing with multiple disjointed tools that provide disparate levels of protection, security professionals spend an inordinate amount of time managing each of the solutions individually. As such, 49 percent of respondents stated that at least one week typically goes by before insider attacks are detected; additionally, 44 percent said that another week usually passes before the organization recovers from the attacks. 

While organizations were already working with constrained security budgets before the pandemic, security teams are now being asked to do even more with less. 73 percent of companies’ security budgets are decreasing or staying flat over the next year. 

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