As with any type of crime, the threats to
the privacy and integrity of data come from
a very small minority of vandals. However a
single hacker working from a basic computer
can generate damage to a large number of computer
networks that wreaks havoc around the world.
Even employees, through mischief, malice, or
mistake, often manage to damage their own data.
Furthermore, with the recent pervasiveness of
remote connectivity technologies, businesses
are expanding to include larger numbers of telecommuters,
branch offices, and business partners. These
remote employees and partners pose the same
threats as internal employees, as well as the
risk of security breaches if their remote networking
assets are not properly secured and monitored.
Therefore, it is essential for the companies
to understand who the potential enemies are.