Based on the news so far, 2019 is set to be yet another record-breaking year for data breaches. Some 3,813 breaches were reported in the first six months of the year, exposing over 4.1 billion records worldwide. As a result, organisations across all industries are focusing on stopping intruders from gaining access to assets on the corporate network.

However, many are dropping their guard when it comes to defending against insider threats – people within the organisation, including freelancers and on-site contractors, who have elevated levels of access to privileged accounts. An angry employee who already has access to company files could be secretly leaking documents to competitors, sabotaging systems or corrupting data because they are angry at their boss. Even more likely, a breach could be caused by an employee unintentionally mishandling data, for example, by sending sensitive information via email to the wrong person, or by falling victim to a phishing scam. Read more..