Insider threats have increased dramatically in recent years. Stress and anxiety brought on by a variety of factors are coming to work with our employees—whether they return to the workplace this year or continue to work remotely.
As security teams prepare for insider threats in 2022, a few prominent topics emerge.
Mental Health Wellness is a significant driver of insider threat. COVID initiated a host of challenges, from depression to isolation to uncertainty. This was followed by the anxiety brought on from social and political malcontent. Security professionals must shake off cognitive biases to understand how the motivations, lack of attention and personal situations are influencing the increased success of breaches brought on by insider threats. We will look at four main areas:
1. Workplace Violence: The Gun Violence Archive reports 885 mass shootings in 2021, 7% happened at the workplace. Find out what your company can do to get ahead of an incident and what should be done as one unfolds.
2. Supply Chain Crisis: disruptions in the supply chain are affecting our daily lives and introducing stresses at the workplace. Understanding geo-political forces that could impede supply is the first step in fortifying the organization’s chain of vendors, resources and materials against attempted theft, fakes and fraud.
3. Political and Social Malcontent are growing factors impacting an organization’s security. Identifying patterns trending in cultural philosophies must now be a daily tactic of security teams.
4. Cyber vulnerabilities are a primary concern, particularly more so as bad actors are becoming more sophisticated and better funded. Unfortunately, employees and contractors, whether wittingly or not, are a reliable and growing entry point. Organizations face the risk of sabotage, fraud, espionage and stolen/leaked data.
Join us for a robust discussion with McIndoe Risk Advisory on insider threats, including causes, concerns, prevention, and mitigation.