Cyber risks in the workplace: Managing insider threats

Cyber risks in the workplace: Managing insider threats

Excerpted from natlawreview.com, by Lindsay Buchanan Burke and Moriah Daugherty

Today, one of the most critical risks a company can face is the cyber risks associated with its own employees or contractors. Companies are confronting an increasingly complex series of cybersecurity challenges with employees in the workplace, including employees failing to comply with established cybersecurity policies, accidentally downloading an attachment containing malware or providing their credentials in response to a phishing scam, or intentionally stealing company information for the benefit of themselves or the company’s competitors by simply copying information to their email or a thumb drive and leaving the company.

Contractors or consultants with access to company systems can pose these same challenges. To guard against these risks, companies can implement various policies and procedures to address an employee’s tenure, from pre-hiring to post-employment, and can implement many of these same precautions with respect to contractors, consultants, or any other third parties with access to company systems.

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