Public Sector Faces Insider Threats Too

BeyondTrust, November 14th, 2011

Good people do bad things in the public as well as the private sector. It doesn’t matter the type or industry of an organization when sensitive information networks are breached.

I was perusing recently and came upon an inset graph titled “By The Numbers” that stated “Accidental acts by employees and malicious software caused the greatest number of internal breaches with state organizations and more than 20 percent of state CIOs say they have had no internal breaches.” (based on a 2010 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study).

As you can see, 55% of the state CIOs have experienced “Accident Prone Annie” type breaches while 36%+ have seen “Disgruntled Dave” type breaches. What scares me (and my tax dollars at work) are the 21% who believe they have no internal breaches at all. Are they serious?