The pandemic has greatly changed internal communications within organizations which, paired with the Great Resignation, caused a higher risk for insider threats. Which sectors are the most targeted and what makes them more vulnerable?
When it comes to insider threats, the most vulnerable sectors include the broader financial services (banking, wealth, insurance, etc.), healthcare, government, and tech/manufacturing sectors. Essentially, any sector that handles sensitive information across regulated personal information like PII, PCI, and PHI, and through to Material Nonpublic Information (MNPI), trade secrets, security compromising data like passwords are at high risk.
With the ease of communication, sharing, and even creation of this material in modern communication tools, it is even easier for humans to overshare through accident or through intent the very information that can create risk and harm. Think of the customer list shared in a Slack or Teams chat channel as a file or a link, or the design doc shared via a screen share in a Zoom or Webex meeting, or the credit card or password typed in a chat or recorded in a phone call.