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Survey: External Threats Greater Risk than Internal

Survey: External Threats Greater Risk than Internal - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Survey: External Threats Greater Risk than Internal - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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A recent global survey by Cyber-Ark Global Solutions found that 57 percent of global C-level executives agree external threats will become a greater security risk than insider threats in the next couple of years.

But, the fifth annual “Trust, Security and Passwords“ survey also found that one in five C-level execs admitted that cases of insider espionage had occurred at the workplace.

Executive Vice President of the Americas and of Corporate Development for Cyber-Ark Software Adam Bosnian said privileged accounts are the key tool that external attackers and insiders leverage to access and exfiltrate an organization's sensitive information. He added an suggestion for the actions security teams need to take.

“Security teams need to start with improving the protection of these key internal targets-not simply building bigger walls around the enterprise,“ he said.

The survey asked global respondents which departments they thought were more likely to snoop around the network and look for confidential information. About 48 percent of the respondents said they thought the IT department would be most likely to snoop around.

A new question was added to the survey this year, asking respondents if their perceptions of privileged account security had changed in light of data breach notification laws. About 77 percent of North American IT staff said their perceptions had changed as compared with only 24 percent of Europe, Middle East and Africa respondents.

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