People, as much as anything else, are a critical aspect of information risk management, and businesses and government agencies must monitor employees - and educate them, as well - to thwart a potential threat from within.
"It's a crime like no other crime," says James Ratley, president of the ACFE, describing fraud. "There was not a gun involved, there was not a knife; there was in many cases a ballpoint pen or a computer."
Improved collaboration and communication between small businesses and financial institutions is the first step toward improving online security, says Mark Patterson, an ACH fraud victim. What else would help?
Security managers need the heads up from non-IT executives before they dismiss employees, some of whom might seek payback for their sacking by pilfering data or sabotaging systems, Carnegie Mellon University's Dawn Cappelli and Mike Hanley say.
Cyberhackers are increasing their efforts to target online credentials. And phishing attacks waged against accountholders at Chase in the U.S. and Barclays in the U.K. have made it clear that banking accounts are the target.
The insider poses one of the greatest and most damaging security risks any organization faces. So why do so many businesses and institutions fail when it comes to addressing this most obvious security risk?