Times are tough for today’s companies: layoffs, salary cuts, low morale, tired employees—the list just goes on and on. No matter how well companies think they know their employees, insider threats—intentional or not—is more probable than ever, which can lead to complex risk management. To complicate these matters, there is a disconnect between regulatory compliance and proactive risk management, according to SailPoint Technologies.

The second Market Pulse Survey, conducted by SailPoint in April 2009, focused on how companies are approaching identity governance during the economic downturn, with a particular focus on “insider threats.” While 86% of the total respondents—representing a number of industries, banking, financial services, insurance and health care being most common—are concerned about insider threats, they cannot adequately manage the risk of data breaches because the majority of them can't summarize which workers have access to the most critical applications and data. Of the health care and insurance companies who responded, 99% are concerned about insider threats.

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