The Vormetric-sponsored study was conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group and surveyed 700 IT security decision makers. Fifty-four percent of the survey respondents also indicated that it is now more difficult to protect against an insider threat than it was two years ago. There are several reasons for this, according to Kessler, among them being the growing use of cloud computing and virtualization. Contractors are also a particular challenge. Kessler noted that Snowden was a contractor and he had tremendous access to data.
The big revelations in the survey is that 73 percent of respondents said they don’t block privileged users from access to sensitive data,” Vormetric CEO Allan Kessler told eWEEK.
“The fundamental problem is that the folks that have access to manage an internal system have incredible amounts of privileges,” Kessler said.