Sunday 16 June 2019

'Human error and malicious insiders' pose a major threat for Irish firms - survey

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The fastest-growing cyber threat to Irish companies is not due to any external factor but is, in fact, the employees working for them.

According to a recent study from Logicalis Ireland, chief information officers (CIOs) are becoming increasingly concerned with the actions of insiders.

Some 39pc of the 840 IT leaders here surveyed said that this threat has become their main focus, more so than ever before.

Lack of awareness amongst staff, and the mistakes they then make, were issued cited by more than half (56pc) of respondents.

Other top security risks mentioned included malware and ransomware (68pc), data breaches (54pc) and phishing (49pc).

A shift in approach to firm security is reflected in the study results as more than one third believe a cyber resilience policy is required, not a purely defensive strategy.

Furthermore, some 10pc of respondents said that they are currently reassessing their security footing.

Ross O’Donovan, Information Security Practice Lead with Logicalis Ireland, said with technological progression comes new risks and threats.

"In particular, CIOs are focusing on internal threats as they realise that a tech-based defence is not enough with people often the weakest link in the company defence strategy," he said.

"Human error and malicious insiders pose a major threat to organisations. If companies don’t address these, it could be extremely costly for them and their customers."

Last September, Logicalis Ireland invested €1m into the company's digital transformation, leading to the creation of 25 jobs.

The Dublin-based business upgraded its technological capabilities to enhance its service offerings for clients such as RTÉ, Musgrave Group and AIB.

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