Enterprising cyber-criminals have worked out that the biggest weakness in any security set-up is your staff.
Alongside the expected areas of social networks, Web 2.0 and rogue security software, the latest CA security report pinpointed employees or former employees as security threats. Moles working inside an organisation can both pinpoint weaknesses within the business and perhaps be willing to leak data for profit.
Blaming the poor economic conditions, CA says that security problems have moved on from employees simply misusing data or making mistakes (although these are clearly still big problems). Now their motives are likely to be more intentional.
So this means that it’s even more important for companies to fine-tune the balancing act between seeking out new ways of locking down their data and leaving enough flexibility for employees to do their jobs properly.