For many organizations, the greatest risks to data security are found on the inside. Prime suspects are employees and contractors with ‘privileged user’ access. Here’s a rundown on the employees that could be the weakest links in your security.
Beware the privileged user
“Privileged users are one of the most valuable targets for hackers looking to gain access to sensitive information,” explains Sam Elliott, director of security product management at Bomgar. “While companies are aware of this, providing security around these types of users without limiting their ability to do their jobs effectively is difficult. Another aspect to consider is that even companies with a sophisticated security strategy don’t have a great grasp on how to define who represents a “privileged” user. This is true both in the private and public sectors. In fact, the recent Congressional report investigating the Office of Personnel Management data breach, which leaked data on more than 22 million people, stated, ‘users inside a network are no more trustworthy than users outside a network’.” Read more.