COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management , Insider Threat

The Insider Threat During a Pandemic

Joseph Blankenship of Forrester Says Enterprises Face Risks of Data Theft
Joseph Blankenship, vice president and research director, Forrester

Even in the best of economic circumstances, enterprises face risks of insiders stealing data or selling access to systems. But Joseph Blankenship of Forrester says the possibility of layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic puts enterprises at more risk of insider threats.

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“We’re reaching a period where everyone is somewhat uncertain,” says Joseph Blankenship, a vice president and research director with Forrester. “A lot of the insider threat is driven by personal factors.”

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Blankenship discusses:

  • How enterprises were caught flat-footed by the pandemic restrictions but are now calibrating to the rising risks of insider threats;
  • How behavioral analytics tools may be temporarily tripped by new work-from-home patterns;
  • How "zero trust" infrastructures could help during the pandemic.

Blankenship is a vice president and research director with Forrester. He covers risk, security infrastructure, security operations centers and tools such as SIEMs and SOAR. He formerly held senior marketing positions at McAfee, IBM and Vigilar.

About the Author

Jeremy Kirk

Jeremy Kirk

Executive Editor, Security and Technology, ISMG

Kirk was executive editor for security and technology for Information Security Media Group. Reporting from Sydney, Australia, he created "The Ransomware Files" podcast, which tells the harrowing stories of IT pros who have fought back against ransomware.

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