The Insider threat is ever increasing for businesses across a whole range of industries as competitors and foreign intelligence services engage in corporate espionage and intellectual property theft. Employees may be befriended or bribed, before being coerced into performing activities contrary to your business’ codes of practice. This may be a result of:
- Blackmail – public embarrassment, outing of criminal activities etc
- Emotional blackmail – an example includes a potential love interest threatens leaving the individual unless they perform certain actions
- Financial – an individual is enticed by financial gain
Some people may keep secrets from you, the employer, or their loved ones, such as addictions (gambling, alcohol, drugs) or extra-marital affairs. The ability to communicate and gamble electronically is extremely simple, but this leads to exposing of these vulnerabilities, which can be used for blackmail and/or to embarrass the individual and/or the organisation.