A Majority of companies in South Africa been affected by internal information security incidents. This is according to a joint study of information security of businesses conducted by Kaspersky Lab, the cyber security company, and B2B International in 2015, suggesting 63 percent of firms were affected.
The largest single cause of confidential data losses are employees. According to researchers, the situation is aggravated by the fact that not all employees – especially those with no specialist IT knowledge – can keep pace with a changing IT environment.
As a result, the company is exposed to not only external threats but also internal threats that come from employees.
Konstantin Voronkov, the Head of Endpoint Security, Kaspersky Lab, said it was no secret that a security solution alone was not enough to protect a company’s data.
“And the results of this study confirm that,” he said. “What’s required is an integrated multi-level approach powered by security intelligence. It should include employee education, the use of specialised solutions and the introduction of security policies, such as restricting access rights.”
Kaspersky Lab recommends that the issue of comprehensive security should not be neglected, as reliable multi-level protection can prevent a company from incurring additional costs not only From external but also internal security incidents.
Author: Mthulisi Sibanda