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What is Insider Threat? – Definition, Protection Against them and More

What is Insider Threat? – Definition, Protection Against them and More

Insider Threat Definition

Insider Threat is a kind of risk posted by all internal employees and people who have access to your business or digital assets. Anyone with privileged access (e.g., login credentials) to sensitive servers, data, and systems can be considered an internal threat since each person’s access is a point of vulnerability.

These insiders can be CEOs, HR managers, system administrators – an internal threat can exist at every level of the organization.

The Insider threat can also come from external suppliers, contractors and third-party suppliers who have access to your infrastructure. Anyone with privileged access to critical systems poses an internal threat to your business.

Why are insiders a threat?

The risk itself comes in the form of privileged access. Each set of access identifiers represents a new point of vulnerability, where a user’s login and password can be lost, stolen, or shared with a less reliable person.

  • Insiders carry out 60% of cyber attacks, according to an IBM study.
  • 81% of hacking-related offenses come from inside
  • 42%, less than half of all organizations, have controls to prevent insider attacks.

The internal threat is the main cause of the cyber attack. However, not all offenses are intentional. The vast majority of cybersecurity incidents are, in fact, accidental. This is what makes the insider threat so risky.

Trustworthy and esteemed employees can be wrong or have their credentials stolen without it being their fault.

And also, employee errors and negligence are the main causes of data breaches, not malicious intent.

Protection against Insider Threat

Data breaches can take all kinds of shapes and sizes, and threats can be intentional or accidental. No matter the cause or approach, you need to protect the essential assets of your organization.

A privileged access management solution provides complete control over insider access to the entire enterprise infrastructure, including cloud-based systems and on-premises servers.

The implementation of a solid PAM solution provides peace of mind that all privileged insiders go through secure channels to access the necessary systems.

Password management: for full-time employees and external contractors, nobody needs to know the source passwords of essential systems. And also, the route of all access is through the Bastion, and the passwords rotate to ensure complete security (and not leave your password lying around!)

Real-time event analysis: Continuous session monitoring automatically identifies, alerts, and suspends suspicious activity in sensitive resources. Also, privileged user sessions are monitored and may be subject to a review and compliance audit.

Consolidated access control: Streamline all administrative access – grant and revoke privileges – via a single console. Limit a user’s access to only the resources necessary for his work, no more no less.

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