Internal threats: keep an eye on the back door

Thursday, 10 April 2003, 2:01 PM EST

Systems are far more susceptible to internal threats than most companies realise. From a security point of view, businesses tend to overlook this aspect and concentrate on guarding against external threats. According to security specialist AVeS Cyber Security, businesses cannot afford to ignore this issue.

"Internal threats against systems are far greater and potentially more harmful than many of the external problems companies protect themselves against. Of course businesses have to adopt a stringent line when it comes to protecting systems against hackers, crackers, viruses and the like. But, what managers tend to neglect is that many problems start inside the company and are caused by negligence, ignorance or through malice," says Carel Seyffert, General Manager at AVeS Cyber Security.

Organisations continue to make substantial investments to ensure that resources, systems and networks are protected and that everything is done to guard against the theft of information, virus-related problems, vandalism and attacks of any sort. However, it is often company employees that erroneously misinterpret rules, misunderstand certain procedures, tamper with resources or simply 'want to have fun on the system' that cause problems.

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