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Do Insiders Pose a Greater Security Risk than Hackers?

Do Insiders Pose a Greater Security Risk than Hackers?

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Managing Priority Threats

Insider threats to cybersecurity is becoming a priority for healthcare organizations, but their efforts to mitigate risk may be insufficient.

HIMSS Media recently conducted a study on behalf of SailPoint to better understand how healthcare IT professionals are currently addressing the insider threats.

Healthcare provider organizations share widespread concerns regarding risk of insider threats to cybersecurity.

Level of Concern
87% pie chart
87%

consider insiders a high or top cybersecurity concern, rating the threat 7+ on scale of 10

13% pie chart
13%

rate cybersecurity threat from insiders < 6 on scale of 10

Insider Threats vs. External Breaches

The concerns are so pervasive that most respondents are equally if not more concerned about that risks that insiders pose to security and compliance, as they do with outsiders.

All Respondents
41% pie chart
41% equally concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

34% pie chart
34% more concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

25% pie chart
25% less concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

Those Managing Cybersecurity Solutions
35% pie chart
35% equally concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

43% pie chart
43% more concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

22% pie chart
22% less concerned

with insiders as with outsiders

Tactics to Minimize Risk

While training and awareness are currently the most used tactics for thwarting insider threats, too many are leaving gaps by not deploying critical technology that enable secure governance.

Training is at the Top
78% pie chart
78%

Training

58% pie chart
58%

Data Loss Prevention

56% pie chart
56%

Identity Governance

Incomplete Identity Governance Implementation

Even when proper technology such as identity governance is deployed, the capabilities are underutilized, thus leaving room for inconsistent access enforcement and provisioning errors.

Incorporating Identity Governance
Chart. 33% - more than half of apps. 21% - none. 22% - not sure. 12% - fewer than a quarter of the apps. 21% - a quarter to half of apps Chart labels. 33% - more than half of apps. 21% - none. 22% - not sure. 12% - fewer than a quarter of the apps. 21% - a quarter to half of apps

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