Research reveals negligent users as top cyber security threat to German organizations

Published: Wednesday, 09 October 2019 07:19

SolarWinds has released findings of its latest cyber security research which highlights the threats technology professionals face today and those they expect over the next 12 months. The study found that internal factors are the most prominent cyber security threat.

The research of over 100 IT professionals in Germany revealed internal user mistakes created the largest percentage of cybersecurity incidents over the past twelve months (80 percent), followed by exposures caused by poor network system or application security (36 percent), and external threat actors infiltrating the organization’s network or systems (31 percent).

Poor password management ranked as the leading cause of concern for German IT professionals regarding insider threats. 45 percent of tech pros surveyed indicated poor password management or weak passwords as the most common cause of accidental or careless insider breaches, while 42 percent cited sharing passwords as the most common problem. Password management issues, accidental exposure, deletion, corruption or modification of critical data (40 percent), and copying data to unsecured devices (36 percent) were the other leading causes reported that lead to insider mistakes.

The survey results also found that 89 percent of tech pros surveyed indicated they feel unequipped to successfully implement and manage cybersecurity tasks today with their current IT skillset.