Ruth Mitchell

Staff can be security threat

Staff are the biggest threat to a company’s IT security, according to a study by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). The research, conducted with 600 ISSA members, found that 74% of respondents felt employees were a higher than average threat, with 64% saying supervisory level personnel were often deemed ‘untouchable’.

The study also revealed that 76% had not implemented data-tracking systems to monitor intellectual property theft.

Tim Farrell, founder of FutureSoft, which jointly undertook the research, said: “The intellectual property of an organisation, such as research and development, can have an inordinate value and be directly relevant to its future success. “To not maintain an effective control over it is tantamount to allowing your competitors to wander freely around your office.”

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