The global interconnection of different elements on the Internet has made insider threat to organization data a reality. Most often, the insider threat scenario may not even involve having direct access to the computer system or network in question. However, the person may take advantage of compromised user credentials or gain accidental access to a backdoor in the system.
By themselves, insider threats are pretty difficult to spot. A layered data defense strategy may include policies, procedures and technical controls to enable a comprehensive data security protocol.
But no amount of network protocols that set up the organization’s network security can help if the breach occurs through the means of valid and legitimate credentials, making any component of a layered defense strategy useless during this a compromise.
Distinguishing between the insider threat and the regular employee is an extremely difficult problem to identify and solve. It becomes even more challenging to solve the dilemma when data breach incidents involve the use of valid user credentials or usernames and passwords that are authorized. Since many employees use the same user and password credentials for their online activities, gaining access to their work data may not be so difficult by the insider threat. And, when these elements are compromised on a more than regular basis, then people should take notice. For instance, web based email clients (e.g. Hotmail) were recently hacked into and thousands of credentials belonging to users from around the world fell into the hands of hackers and other unauthorized people.
The credentials that people most often use are closely linked to their personal lives. Dates, events, names, and relationship factor much of the usual user I.D and password combinations. To make it worse, most of these credentials are then reused across multiple online and enterprise networks. Many would prefer to ignore this fact, but the situation is more rampant than one would like to admit. This, and the many new avenues that exist or will soon exist as potential playgrounds for hackers and intruders, the next breed of data theft and insider threat is emerging.
Some of the many actions that can be taken by the insider threat may go beyond simple file changes or drive deletions. The insider threat may now become capable of using your system to seriously harm you or your organization. From changing distribution orders to manipulating business numbers to harm your shareholders, are only some of the basic examples of how an insider threat can seriously damage your reputation.
A comprehensive security system is the key to making sure that data stays protected at all times. This means the capability to control unwanted and unauthorized external devices, protect data from leaking through active password protection of data on computers, prevent data loss with multi-layer patent-pending protection that even works on Windows, prevent access by all external storage devices including USB drives, digi-cams, memory cards, maximize data protection through a DLP & copy protection software that ensures complete privacy of your sensitive data, and monitor any hack attempts and access through comprehensive logs & reports that monitors and reports on activities from all devices.
Using access control software to limit the use of external devices to only authorized units will enable your organization to monitor and control all events that could otherwise lead to loss of reputation, resources, costs, business elements that, if go unmanaged, could lead to an inevitable natural demise of the system.