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Has GDPR Impacted Insider Threats?

July 20, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

According to new research from Clearswift, the introduction of GDPR has led to a slight drop in insider threats in both the UK and Germany. Survey respondents said that insider threats make up 65% of reported incidents in 2018, compared to 73% last year. German companies reported similar declines, with insider error incidents at 75% this year, down from 80% last year. The research surveyed 400 senior IT decision makers from global organizations with more than 1,000 employees and found that 38% of IT security incidents occur as a direct result of their employees’ actions, with 75% of all incidents originating from their extended enterprise, which includes employees, customers and suppliers. Former employees represent 13% of cybersecurity incidents for the participating organizations. According to this year’s survey, despite the reality that internal threats are the greatest risk to most organizations, employees believe that the majority of incidents (62%) are accidental, whi...