‘A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal’s brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation’

– IMDB’s summary of Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’ starring Denzel Washington1 .

Whilst not as dramatic as Spike Lee’s crime thriller, the actual world of the insider threat is far more common than one might expect. Whilst armed heists on banks and (Spoiler alert!) hiding for days on end in small walls aren’t all the rage, stealing money and information from the companies that people work for is extremely common.

According to a report done on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in 2014 81% of large business and 60% of small businesses suffered some form of security breach. In large organisations, a whopping 58% of these breaches were staff-related.

Now it’s not all gloom and doom as the number of breaches due to staff members has gone down from 73% in 2013. However this doesn’t mean that employers can take their fingers off the pulse, what it means is that people are now alive to the risk and are starting to take the appropriate action to mitigate against the threat.

The insider threat is not ‘Burglar Bill’ with a bag marked swag, it’s your unnoticed employees, the person who never gets thanked for their work or the person who isn’t reassured that their job is secure. It’s the person who is so much a part of the business that they might be part of the building.

Templar Executives has been rooting out the causes behind individuals metaphorically hiding in your walls. By helping to create environments and cultures where employees don’t feel the need to heist your valuables but instead work to promote the business and themselves and understand the value of company information, Templar Executives helps to develop maturity across the whole organisation.

For more information on Templar Executives please see articles in this month’s issues of The New Statesman and Softbox’s Cybertalk magazine.

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454848/
  2. 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey, PwC on behalf of BIS.