Inside threats enable vast majority of cybercrimes

By Stuart Poole-Robb
No less an authority than colorful cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee firmly believes that the now infamous hack of the US-based Ashley Madison sex-cheating website was an inside job.
Statistically, this is extremely likely to be the case for most cyber security breaches. KCS’ own research shows that 80 percent of corporate cybercrimes can be traced to staff, and this figure is increasing. This can be the result of deliberate cybercrime or it could be that the staff member has been careless with their personal log-in details.
But whether a security breach was malevolent or not makes little difference once an organized criminal gang (OCG) exploits it to the full. Once inside an IT system, OCGs can easily run ransomware across the target organization’s entire communications network.
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