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Adapting to a Dynamic Risk Landscape with Insider Threats

Adapting to a Dynamic Risk Landscape with Insider Threats

March 12, 2024

In an era defined by geopolitical upheavals, technological advancements, and unprecedented global interconnectedness, the risk landscape has undergone a profound transformation. Amidst these shifts, the specter of insider threats looms large, presenting organizations with multifaceted challenges that demand nuanced solutions. In an article by StoneTurn, industry leaders explore the intricate dynamics of insider risks, delving into their intersection with broader global trends and offering insights into effective strategies for mitigating these ever-evolving threats.

StoneTurn Partner Sarah Keeling and Senior Adviser Richard Mackintosh recently convened a panel discussion focusing on the evolving risk landscape, with a particular emphasis on insider threats, geopolitical shifts, emerging Middle Eastern threats, and the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on security. The conversation featured insights from guest panelists Helen Gripton of BP and Jules Parke-Robinson of Philip Morris International, offering a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted nature of insider risks and their intersection with broader global challenges.

Key points addressed in the discussion included the dynamic nature of the risk landscape, driven by geopolitical tensions, technological advancements, and economic repercussions of events such as the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. Mackintosh highlighted the enduring nature of insider risks, stressing the need for organizations to adopt a nuanced understanding and proactive approach to mitigating these threats.

The panelists discussed the various costs associated with insider threats, including financial losses, reputational damage, and erosion of investor confidence. Parke-Robinson underscored the importance of fostering a culture where employees feel empowered to raise concerns and speak up about potential risks, emphasizing the role of leadership in creating a supportive environment.

Challenges in implementing effective insider risk programs were also explored, particularly the balance between intrusion and freedom, and the need for clear communication, transparency, and proportionality in managing these challenges. Gripton highlighted the importance of framing the conversation around insider risks in a way that resonates with different parts of the organization and aligns with organizational culture.

The panelists agreed on the critical importance of insider risk programs in today’s rapidly evolving risk landscape, emphasizing the need for organizational buy-in, accountability, and a holistic approach to effectively address these challenges. By adopting proactive measures and fostering a culture of trust and transparency, organizations can better navigate the complexities of the modern risk environment and safeguard their critical assets.

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