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Insider threat - Managing people security

Published on 22 January 2020

Risk areas

The organisational risk from insiders comes in many guises. The following areas are of particular concern and impact on almost every area of business:

  • Money
  • Data
  • Property

Consider NHS Scotland: it has an annual budget of approximately £13billion; it holds data on everyone registered to live in Scotland; it has a huge number of properties such as its hospitals and medical practices which form the essential infrastructure of the country. Each of these properties has valuable equipment and is stocked with medical supplies which are at risk of theft, to be resold on internet auctions.

This makes the NHS highly vulnerable and an attractive target for those intent on abusing it.