2013 ‘The Enemy Within’ Report

Clearswift commissioned Loudhouse to conduct research to identify the extent to which internal security threats are affecting UK organisations and, in turn, how these are being managed. Companies now rely on increasing numbers of third parties, sharing sensitive information across increasingly global and diverse networks of connections – this extended enterprise is effectively blurring the lines between external and internal threats. The research finds that this extended enterprise, comprising employees, ex-employees and third parties, is the source of more than half of all security incidents. Yet, organisations are still focusing most attention on external security threats. This disconnect is evident across all sectors in the survey and is leaving organisations exposed to a host of internal security threats, often unintentional rather than malicious,but potentially just as serious in their repercussions.