Nearly half of Australian businesses expect an internal security breach: Clearswift

Security vendor expects concerns about external threats to continue dropping.

A Clearswift survey has found almost half of Australian businesses (44 per cent) expect a security breach to originate from employees.

The report, titled The Enemy Within, found a heightened concern for internal threats, which Clearswift global CEO, Heath Davies, said is a reflection of the current security environment.

“You just need to look at what happened recently with the different hacking scandals, the Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning incidents, and the data leaks from Target and eBay,” he said.

Davies adds those leaks predominantly came from “inadvertent human error” rather than someone that did it for malicious reasons.

The report also suggests people are moving away from seeing external threats as the biggest issue, shifting to data leakage and potential issues with legal and compliance requirements.

“This is becoming more of an focus and an area where they are prepared to do further investment,” Davies said.

The threat within

Only 42 per cent of respondents showed a concern for external threats, which Davies admits is lower than he would have expected, particularly compared to a year or two ago.

This is the first time Clearswift has run the report and the security vendor does not have past data available for comparison, though Davies expects the number to be reduced further to the 30 per cent range.

“The basis for that is a higher inclination for people to look at the threat originating internally,” he said.

“The awareness now is about protecting internal data, so the outside threat will likely reduce as people believe that is largely solved.”

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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