The Threat Of Cyber Security

3043 Words Nov 11th, 2014 13 Pages
While many organizations focus their security efforts on their network border, it is the insider that perhaps poses the most risk to cyber-security. An Insider threat is a malicious threat to an organization that comes from people within the organization, such as employees, former employees, contractors or business associates, who have inside information concerning the organization 's security practices, data and computer systems. The threat may involve fraud, the theft of confidential or commercially valuable information, the theft of intellectual property, or the sabotage of computer systems. From executives, to IT administrators to partners, many people have access to sensitive data that if publicly exposed, could have significant ramifications to an organization’s business—or even its existence. Cyber-security is usually thought of as a technical field, with highly-skilled defenders seeking to outwit attackers in a contest of intellect and will. While there is some truth to this characterization, it misses what is perhaps the most important aspect of security: the human element. People have a tendency to trust people they know, leading them to share passwords or other information that they shouldn’t. Trust is an essential element to operating any type of organization. People need access to sensitive information and critical systems for many reasons and a level of trust has to be associated with that access. Understanding and managing that trust is the most…
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