Employee Scrambles: The Hidden Threat to Your Organization’s Cybersecurity


Do your employees have a side gig they’re excited about? They can unintentionally put your safety at risk. Here’s why you shouldn’t overlook these side gigs.

A 2021 report from the United States Census Bureau said the trend of working two or more jobs is on the rise and with the rise of the gig economy, more and more employees are finding second jobs and scrambling to meet their financial goals or personal. There are even companies that encourage employees to move in parallel. With careless initiates responsible for more than 60% of internal security incidentscompanies cannot afford to ignore the potential impact that distracted or unengaged employees can have on data security.

According to a pre-pandemic study of midsize businesses by Ponemon, the root cause of most data breaches is a negligent employee or contractor, as highlighted in our 2022 Insider Risk Report. It’s important to note that the risk of negligence is not malicious and can include a small mistake like accidentally emailing information to the wrong recipient.

The DTEX Insider Intelligence & Investigations (I3) uncovered various instances of remote workers violating data policies by using non-work webmail, USB devices, file-sharing sites, and third-party download links for personal items, such as vacation plans or enrolling children in activities. While many companies are on the lookout for this, they should also prioritize finding behavior that aligns with employees taking on second jobs or maintaining a side gig on devices. company.

Working with many organizations to identify these types of negligent actors, our team discovered these examples of unintended insider threats:

  • An organization experienced two separate employee incidents: one user was running a business through personal webmail and Google Drive, and a second user was running a project consulting business on the side. Both employees used their corporate devices to manage these jostles throughout the workday. Initially, the organization lacked visibility and the actions were considered “ad hoc personal use”. However, our team discovered that 85% of activity over a 7-day period was for personal use, leading the organization to adjust its policy to better protect its valuable assets.
  • Our team also discovered a user who was using their enterprise software application licenses for design creation on the side, violating the policy for uploading to personal webmail and file sharing to third-party external sites.

As side gigs become more common, employees pose an even greater risk to organizational cybersecurity. While it can be argued that side gigs help advance employee skills, bringing greater value to the business, companies cannot ignore the security issues they introduce. Thanks to leverage Cyber ​​intelligence and workforce security, organizations can better understand how employees interact with peers, data, and applications while fulfilling their job responsibilities. Combining this information with the internal knowledge of their IT team can reduce organizational security incidents and the risks associated with employee behavior.

Do you want to minimize insider risk from having your employees take on second or side jobs? Contact our team today to learn more about our Workforce Cyber ​​Intelligence & Security solutions.

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*** This is a syndicated blog from the Security Bloggers Network of DTEX Systems Inc. written by Jonathan Daly. Read the original post at: https://www.dtexsystems.com/blog/employees-side-hustles-the-hidden-threat-to-your-organizations-cybersecurity/


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