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Seán McGurk is the Executive Director of Advisory Services at Flashpoint. Seán has extensive experience in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Sector Protection (CIKR), and National Security Operations Centre management. He was most recently the Chief Security Officer of Data Centre Operations for Amazon Web Services. Co-author of this piece Jonathan Couch is the SVP of Strategy at ThreatQuotient. Jonathan has 20+ years of experience in information security, information warfare and intelligence collection. Jonathan’s expertise is in leading advanced cyber warfare, cybersecurity, information operations, and intelligence technologies research. Prior to ThreatQuotient, Jonathan was a Co-Founder and VP of Threat Intelligence Services for iSIGHT Partners.

Insider Threat: Focusing From The Inside Out

Many companies tend to concentrate their security resources on preventing external threats from penetrating their business and compromising assets. While threats posed by outsiders such as cybercriminals, hacktivists, state-sponsored actors, and terrorists are often perceived as the most urgent and critical, insider threats can be equally—if not more—damaging. This is why the most effective security programs not only acknowledge the legitimacy of the insider threat, they strive to proactively combat it as part of a broader risk management strategy. What Is Insider Threat? According to US-CERT, an insider threat occurs when a current or former employee, contractor, or other business partner with authorised access to an organisation’s network, systems, or data misuses it to negatively affect...