The overwhelming majority of professionals in the field information technology and security fears internal threats in a business. And these concerns are justified, as about 75% of IT professionals say they are vulnerable to internal threats, according to a report by the security and fraud detection company Gurucul.
The report examined more than 650 international IT professionals to identify internal threats to businesses. Internal agent threats are very lively, while respondents rank the error of users (39%) and malicious insiders (35%) vs. one attack (26%) as the most critical issues.
Internal threats have the potential to affect all industries, but the construction sector proved to be at the greatest risk, with 16% of IT professionals to say they are "extremely vulnerable". The healthcare sector is following with 10%, according to the report.
Technological respondents said their main concerns are for malicious internal users, as the retail industry has high rates of user error and financial services and healthcare high rates of broken accounts. Internal threats have increased in recent years due to the bulk of corporate data moving to cloud devices and applications, resulting in the need for strong security measures to protect this data.
Only 34% of respondents said they were able to detect real-time threats, according to the report. However, the majority of companies (61%) assign priority to identifying and preventing threats to confidential information, and 39% said it focused on forecasting and responding.
To stay protected, most organizations (61%) said they were watching users and devices for detecting internal threats. Only 39% of respondents said they were watching preferential and service accounts.