From Signal | January 29, 2015
A survey of 200 federal government, military and intelligence information technology and information technology security professionals shows that staff members pose a larger threat to computer systems than external threats. Respondents also noted that while most agencies increased their investment in addressing malicious external threats during the past two years, less than half added funding to address malicious or accidental insider threats. In some cases, investments in battling insider threats have decreased.
In the U.S. Defense Department, 55 percent of the survey participants identified careless and untrained insiders as the greatest source of IT security threats at their agencies. Of all the respondents, 66 percent believe malicious insider threats to be as damaging or more damaging than malicious external threats to defense agencies’ systems.