On 27 February, Australia Defence Magazine published a report providing some guidance on the risk from a “trusted insider” who might, intentionally or not (e.g. due to threats, blackmail) put the company at risk by deliberate act or unwittingly (e.g. by releasing classified material). A “trusted insider” is defined as a current or former employee or contractor who has legitimate access to information, technology, assets, or premises owned by a business or organisation. It cites as a recent example the illegal export of export control (ITAR) information from a large international defence prime employee in the US. It stresses a thorough risk assessment and provides 10 steps for protecting your business from trusted insider threats.
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