DTEX Systems Insider Threat Report Reveals Marked Increase in Employee Risk-factor Behaviors During 2020 Workforce Disruptions

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Key findings Show 56% of Companies Discovered Employees Intentionally Masking Online Activities; Data Theft Behaviors Increased by 230% Over 2019

DTEX Systems, the Workforce Cyber Intelligence CompanyTM, today released report findings that show this year’s shift to a near 100% WFH workforce by the Global 5000 has significantly changed the behaviors of trusted insiders. Key findings include a 450% increase in employees circumventing security controls to intentionally mask online activities and 230% increase in behaviors that indicate intent to steal data.

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DTEX Report – How 2020 Changed Employee Behaviors and Put Organizations on High Alert (Graphic: Business Wire)

The data was collected last month by the DTEX Counter-Insider Threat Research Team during interviews with hundreds of customers and Global 5000 organizations representing a diverse sample set of businesses that varied by size, industry, and geography.

“Our findings indicate that in 2020 the equilibrium of employee security and trust has been broadly disrupted and is currently in chaos,” said Mohan Koo, Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at DTEX Systems. “Trusted insiders once thought to be reliable and responsible are changing their behaviors and increasing the risk of data loss, external attack and regulatory compliance violations for their employers.”

Key Report Findings

  • 56% of companies reported remote workers actively bypassed security controls to intentionally obfuscate online activity. This is more than 4.5 times higher than 2019 which represents a 450% increase in the first eight months of 2020.

    • More than 70% of the escalated incidents visible to the security and HR teams included at least one attempt to circumvent a second security control to exfiltrate data without detection.

    • Companies reported remote workers most commonly attempted to intentionally bypass the corporate VPN to mask their online activities.

  • 72% of companies