Ponemon Study: The Unintentional Insider Risk in United States and German Organizations

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The Unintentional Insider Risk in United States and German Organizations REPORT

The Unintentional Insider Risk in United States and German Organizations was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Raytheon|Websense. We surveyed 1,071 IT and IT security practitioners in the United States and Germany who understand and are familiar with the security risks created by negligent or careless employees and other insiders in their organizations.

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The Unintentional Insider Risk in United States and German Organizations REPORT

This independently study conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC report offers key takeaways:
  • Telling the difference between malicious and negligent security incidents is difficult.
  • Insider negligence diminishes productivity.
  • Improvements in productivity and in-house IT security expertise would be the benefits of fewer insider security incidents.
  • German and U.S. respondents have very different perceptions about the unintentional insider risk.
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The Cost of an Unintentional Insider Threat WHITE PAPER

All workplaces share the same security threat: the well-meaning but careless employee who may be more focused on productivity than protecting the company's sensitive or confidential information. Often, without thinking of the potential consequences, they leave confidential documents in plain view, share passwords, circumvent security procedures and transfer sensitive data to the public cloud without company approval – ultimately costing much more to your organization's bottom line than the employee hoped to save in time. IT professionals agree that more security incidents are caused by negligence than malicious acts. This paper considers the causes for negligence in the workplace such as multitasking, workplace stress, training and culture and points the way to solutions for alleviating the cost of UIT to the organization.

From this paper you will learn:
  • How much unintentional security incidents are costing your organization
  • Which employees are most likely to cause an unintentional insider breach
  • What you can do about it