Identify and eliminate insider threats before they damage your business
Whether acting out of malice or negligence, insider threats pose a significant cyber security risk to all organisations. Recent research from the Ponemon Institute suggests the average cost of insider-originated incidents is almost twice that of the average breach.
While the dangers posed by insider threats are becoming more widely recognised, not enough organisations are allocating sufficient resources to mitigate the risk they pose.
What is an insider threat?
Insider threats in cyber security are threats posed by individuals from within an organisation, such as current or former employees, contractors and partners. These individuals have the potential to misuse access to networks and assets to wittingly or unwittingly disclose, modify and delete sensitive information.
Information at risk of being compromised could include details about an organisation’s security practices, customer and employee data, login credentials and sensitive financial records. The nature of insider threats means that traditional preventative security measures are often ineffective.
- Conduct regular risk assessments to understand the potential impact of insider attacks
- Provide regular security awareness training for all staff
- Closely manage the accounts and privileges of all employees and contractors
- Perform penetration testing at least annually to help identify security improvements
- Commission a simulated phishing assessment
- Implement 24/7 network and endpoint monitoring to detect anomalous behaviour
The benefits of Managed Detection and Response
Proactive monitoring of networks, endpoints and users plays a crucial role in helping to identify insider threats. ThreatDetect™, Redscan’s award-winning MDR service can help to identify suspicious activity, such as attempts to access systems and edit and exfiltrate data.
For a cost-effective subscription, ThreatDetect supplies the skilled security experts, cutting-edge technology and up-to-the-minute industry intelligence needed to hunt for and shut down attacks that originate from both the outside and the inside.
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