In what should be a huge eye-opener for anyone involved in insurance IT, an annual survey conducted last year by CSO Magazine—with help from the U.S. Secret Service, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (CERT) and Deloitte's Center for Security and Privacy Solutions—found that while many organizations make solid efforts to strengthen their data security, many admit it is becoming increasingly difficult to outpace the efforts of the criminal community.

Perhaps more disturbing, however, is the source of those criminal attacks. According to CSO, “While outsiders (non-employees or contractors) are the main culprits of cybercrime in general, the most costly or damaging attacks are more often caused by insiders (employees or contractors). Outsiders invade organizations with viruses, worms or other malicious code; phishing; and spyware, while insiders most commonly expose private or sensitive information unintentionally, gain unauthorized access to/use of information systems or networks, and steal intellectual property.”

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