Security: the threats that lie within organisations

Thursday, 1 April 2004, 12:18 PM EST

When people talk about security, they more often than not consider the greatest threats to be those coming from the outside. In the traditional sense of security, this would mean securing access to a building or patrolling the grounds of a property to ensure that no vulnerabilities exist, such as an open window through which a cat burglar could sneak.

But, even in the bricks and mortar world, the greatest security threats actually come from the inside. In a retail environment, annual surveys conducted by the University of Florida in association with security firm ADT Security indicate that internal theft costs US retailers $15.1 billion in 2002, compared to $9.7 billion for shoplifting.

By Fran Howarth at IT Director.

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