There is a very real threat of breaches of data and security in any organization. When most businesses, corporations or even government agencies perceive threats to be from external sources, there is a considerable risk for threats from within, creating a real need for effective insider threat management. What are Insider Threats? An insider threat can occur in any organization, large or small, and it may not just involve one employee. In fact, insider threats and insider theft can include a group of people with different levels of access or authority within your system working with people on the outside. People involved in these activities can be current or past employees, contractors, disgruntled employees or even competitors or business partners or associates with access to and understanding of your IT and security systems. Insider Threat Management Options There are several ways any organization can implement insider threat management in an effective way. However, the more complete and advanced your system of protection and security is the greater the reduction in risk. The most common methods of insider threat management include:
- Developing specific operational policies or policies with regards to authorization to specific data or secure information and tracking this across the organization.
- Continually monitor and update data on all employees, staff, contractors and individuals with access to the organization. They can come from all online sources, records and even through peers.
- Follow up or investigation of any possible risks by the security team for more in-depth assessment.
The Time Factor With this very slow type of insider threat management system, the security professionals receive data from several sources and then spend time prioritizing the threat and trying to bring information together. New programs specifically designed for enhanced insider threat management can do all this for you. They collect data from multiple sources and compare it to role and risk profiles which have developed by leading experts in multidisciplinary fields. Data gathered from multiple sources in real time and in a continuous manner is then compared, using these specially designed algorithms, to determine the potential risk of any person in the system. This risk potential is provided in a specific ranking by the top insider threat management programs. This allows your security team to simply pull up a name or look at any reports and know the risk potential of anyone accessing information. With this instant type of insider threat management, quick action can stop potential breaches while easily determining which potential threats have the highest priority. To learn more click here
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