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6 Steps to Reduce Insider Threats
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Did you know? 60% of attacks come from insiders. Whether malicious in nature or inadvertent, insider-caused security incidents can have major consequences, both financial and reputational. Yet most organizations don’t have a plan to stop them.

A comprehensive insider threat program must be a key part of every organization’s security strategy. Ready to see how ObserveIT can help you build your insider threat program? Here are the six steps to take.

6 Steps to Reduce Insider Threats

  • Elect a Champion

    Clarify the roles and responsibilities of your team when it comes to security. Who is in charge of defining and executing an insider threat program? Select a champion who can clearly outline the insider threat program’s goals and objectives, and who can choose the right tools and team members to get the job done. Having a specific person assigned to the role will ensure it doesn’t fall through the cracks.

  • Educate Your Employees

    Most insiders don’t intend to harm your company. They make mistakes, like clicking on a phishing link or sending critical files to a personal email address so they can keep working from home. Effective training helps employees understand how their actions can lead to insider threats. Educate your employees and they will be more likely to stay within the bounds of acceptable, security-conscious best practices.

  • Leverage Existing Tools

    Many security tools in use today were not originally designed to combat insider threats. That doesn’t mean they can’t help, though. Take an inventory of the tools you have at your disposal. What kind of data do they collect? How is it parsed? Find out whether tools can be repurposed to help you identify and prevent insider threats. Better yet, integrate valuable data from your SIEM and other tools with a solution designed specifically to catch insider threats.

  • Focus on Critical Assets

    Too often, security teams get bogged down with the massive amount of information your security and logging tools provide. How will you catch a threat when it’s buried in reams of data? You need to prioritize. Clearly define which data and services are critical to your organization, and focus on protecting those first.

  • Monitor Users & Vendors

    Even trustworthy employees, vendors, and consultants need to be monitored to ensure they don’t unintentionally engage in risky behavior. As a component of a broader insider threat program, continuous user activity monitoring alerts employees in real time of potentially harmful actions and policy violations. It also notifies security and IT teams of potentially risky activity and maintains logs and activity records to support investigations.

  • Create a Response Plan

    Once risky behavior is detected (whether intentional or not), it must be swiftly and properly addressed. Create a response plan that documents what to do if and when an insider threat is found. This workflow will enable your security and IT team to quickly and effectively respond to potential insider threat activity.

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Most organizations have or will face an insider threat-related incident. Following a few basic best practices will help drastically reduce the risk of insider threats and help stop data loss.