In a survey conducted by Avecto at the recent Infosecurity Europe conference, 41 percent of security professionals rated malicious insiders as their chief worry.
At the same time, many security pros admit to allowing administrative privileges to go unmanaged, making organizations increasingly vulnerable to malware exploits and unauthorized software, according to the survey.
More than 30 percent of respondents said they have no policy in place for managing administrator access.
Another 31 percent of respondents cited malware exploits and targeted cyberattacks as their top security concerns. Eight percent deemed unauthorized software as a top organizational danger. All of these threats could be exacerbated by the shortage of controls over administrative rights, Avecto notes.
"In today's increasingly complex threat landscape, organizations are quickly learning that employees don't have to be malicious to put a company at risk," said Mark Austin, co-founder and CEO of Avecto. "The most common threat comes from employees who download and install unauthorized software, without understanding the potential risks associated with their actions.
"Users logging on with full administrator rights will continue to put organizations at real risk of infection, as the sophistication of malware and targeted attacks continues to evolve," Austin continued. "Unfortunately, organizations are still allowing administrator rights to go unmanaged, whether knowingly or unwittingly."
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