In the second of a series of reports focusing on insider threats to information systems and data, the United States Secret Service and Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute’s Computer Emergency Response Team found that the majority of insiders who committed attacks were former, disgruntled employees.

“The power of a terminated employee with system administrator access should not be underestimated,” said Dawn Cappelli, senior member of the technical staff with CERT. “Some organizations completely neglect disabling access upon termination. Others go through the steps to disable access, but the insider is able to find that one access control gap that was overlooked.”

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