Insider Threats: How to Combat Workplace Disinformation

Who hasn’t heard about disinformation or fake news? And for those responsible for security, who hasn’t heard about the risk of insider threats? Both issues are well known, but how disinformation can affect cyber risk management might not be so obvious. 

This article won’t tell you who’s right or wrong in a political debate. Instead, our goal is to bring to light how disinformation campaigns affect the threat landscape. 

Whether due to mistakes or planned attacks, insider threats cost organizations millions. A Ponemon Institute survey found that insider threats grew by 47% from 2018 to 2020. The cost of insider threat events also increased by 31% from $8.76 to $11.45 million during the same time period. And they estimate organizations spend on average $644,852 to recover from an insider threat incident, regardless of the source.

The Disinformation Challenge

One of the biggest challenges today is knowing which information sources you can rely on. If someone claims something about a political, social or health issue, how do you know if it’s true? For security decision-makers, what happens if you aren’t even aware of what your employees share? And even if you do know, how do you handle these issues? 

If that’s not enough, you might not even know who your employees are. With all the freelancing and online business going on, well-defined employee identities frequently blur. For example, it’s not uncommon for employers to issue freelancers a company email.

How Narratives Create Insider Threats

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