Definition of an Insider
A current or former employee, contractor, or business partner who has or had authorized access to the organization’s network, systems, or data.
Definition of an Insider Threat
When an insider intentionally or unintentionally misuses access to negatively affect the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the organization’s critical information or systems.
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Threats can come from any level and from anyone with access to proprietary data
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Who Are Your Insiders?
- Privileged users, such as IT team members and superusers
- Knowledge workers, such as analysts or developers
- Resigned or terminated employees
- Employees involved in a merger or acquisition
There are two major types of insider threats: malicious and inadvertent. Source: IBM
- Intellectual property (IP) theft
- Fraud (financial gain)
- Human error
- Bad judgment
- Unintentional aiding and abetting
- Stolen credentials
One-third of all organizations have faced an insider threat incident.* *Source: SANS
The rest probably just don’t know it yet.
50% of incidents where Private or sensitive information was unintentionally exposed
40% of incidents where Employee records were compromised or stolen
33% of incidents where Customer records were compromised or stolen
32% of incidents where Confidential records (trade secrets or intellectual property) were compromised or stolen
How to Stop Insider Threats
The potential risks of insider threats are numerous, including installing malware, financial fraud, data corruption, or theft of valuable information. To counteract all these possible scenarios, organizations should implement an insider threat solution with 6 key capabilities:
Detect Insider Threats
Uncover risky user activity by identifying anomalous behavior.
Investigate suspicious user activity in minutes—not days.
Reduce risk with real-time user notifications and blocking.
Protect User Privacy
Anonymize user data to protect employee and contractor privacy and meet regulations.
Meet key compliance requirements regarding insider threats in a streamlined manner.
Integrate insider threat detection with SIEMs and other security tools for greater insight.