Three truths to insider cyber attacks

Monday - 9/26/2011, 7:05pm EDT

Three key truths when it comes to insider attacks from InfoSecurity Magazine:

  1. Most insider attacks are often not attacks at all. Accidental insider breaches outnumber malicious breaches by more than 250 percent.

  2. Insider attacks may not be insiders at all. The FBI says these cyber-attacks are usually carried out through targeted phishing emails that contain either malware or a link to a malware-laden website.

  3. Your best defense is probably a good teacher. Since most insider "attacks" are usually mistakes the best form of defense is actually a well-educated workforce.

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