Most organizations don’t think twice when it comes to strengthening their security defenses against outside adversaries, but many often overlook the equally dangerous threat posed by the insider. These insiders are often personnel who currently have privileged access to confidential data and whose activities usually go unidentified by integrated security solutions, which were created to identify external hackers. Outside threats have to break in; insiders already know critical applications, networks and other touchpoints, making them even more dangerous.
Whether a staff member is exfiltrating information on purpose or unintentionally exposing security implementations, threats from malicious and negligent insiders are real. CA Technologies’ Insider Threat Report: 2018 revealed that 90 percent of companies feel vulnerable to insider threats. 53 percent also confirmed insider attacks on their organizations in the past 12 months. It’s clear that enterprises need to pay close attention to this threat and take appropriate steps to protect their integrity.
Battling Insider Attacks
The strategy for combating the growing issue of insider attacks should be multifaceted, drawing on a combination of security awareness, company policies and technical implementations. Organizations should consider the following best practices:
Limit the Number of Privileged Users
The fewer privileged staff members you have,