Given the many motivations that seem to remain the same, insider threats to an organization can be separated into three exclusive types. The following may help security advisors and information security personnel in staying up to speed with these types of insider threats.
Insider threat is a person who, for various reasons, may pose a threat to the security of an organization. In the past, this person may have had access to confidential, classified, or sensitive company data, and usually would be willing to sell that information to competitors for a profit.
But all this would happen in a non-digital environment, where the actual act of data theft would involve physically removing information in paper form (e.g. files, folders, etc.).
As time passed and brought us all into the digital sphere, insider threats have seen to become more frequent given the ease of accessing company data over a wide infrastructure of networks. But with the increase in threats, the exposure to various occurrences of data theft inside organizations and the many ways of executing such acts has exposed information security professionals to the pattern of such incidents as well as the insider behavior.
The main motivation has come to be seen as a wide contrast of elements that push insiders to do what they do. Reasons include either making money off of company data, for personal ideology, or to feed the ever increasing ego of insiders. Some insiders even do it just to bully their way up the success ladder.
It is by gaining an understanding of these motivations, security infrastructure inside organizations integrated personnel information security applications and programs to help weed out potential insider threats. A san example of how this kind of a security program may fit is when an employee in need of serious financial help, may be provided restricted access to certain sensitive information.
With the digital world, the threats have become even more sophisticated, with less chance of being detected. For instance, an outsider threat may use a USB thumb drive to wreak havoc in an organization. This may be done by placing the USB thumb drive in a common place inside the company’s premises. An employee of the company may then find it and decide to plug in the USB flash drive into a computer to find out who the owner is. As soon as the employee plugs in the USB flash drive, it installs a malicious program, leading to the organizations network being compromised.
With a capable data protection system in place, organizations can assure their data is secure and protected at all times by using software that blocks any external portable device, including USB flash drives. Data protection software that enables data security administrators to safeguard organization data over networks or individual computers will save unnecessary costs associated with implementing other large-scale enterprise network security mechanisms, and can provide them with the means to block all 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.
Whatever the motivation of the inside threat, the eventual end result is a clever of violating the security practices for nothing more than a personal gain.
Implementing feature-rich data leak prevention mechanism that blocks access to unauthorized USB drives, external drives, memory sticks, digital cameras, media discs, Blu-ray discs, network drives, network computers, and non-system drives, yet allows to maintain a list of all authorized devices helps prevent illegal copying and duplication of your organization’s sensitive data and information.