When it comes to protecting your software and network from malicious threats, it’s easy to focus on outside attacks. But while outsider interference is a real threat, so are insider threats from your own employers. Whether through maliciousness, carelessness or negligence, or just honest mistakes, it’s an unavoidable fact that many data breaches come from inside the company. Take a look at a few employee monitoring software features and how they can protect you from insider threats.
Receive alerts for user activities that are red flags for malicious behaviors.
It’s helpful for companies to have a way to detect when an employee is doing something potentially harmful. Activity alerts are for more than just notifying you when an employee is browsing a website. They could alert you to what is potentially much more disturbing behavior.
For example, activity alerts could let you know when somebody is trying to access parts of the company site that they shouldn’t have access to or trying to change security settings that should be left alone. You might also receive an activity alert when an employee is uploading files to a cloud-based service, which could be a sign that they’re making those files available for someone else to read or use.
Consider whether the activity on a specific file may show a pattern that suggests malicious behavior.
Sometimes it’s not necessary to track the behavior of individual employees when you can simply track file activity. This is a form of monitoring that allows you to designate files that you want to keep a closer eye on.
When you check the file activity, you’ll be able to see who accesses the file in question. You’ll also be able to determine when it was accessed and from which devices it was accessed. Looking at monitoring data from this perspective, rather than from the perspective of individual employees, can allow you to see patterns that you may not otherwise notice. Is one user returning to the file over and over again for no good reason? Is there a user accessing the file from a device that they shouldn’t have access to, or during times that don’t make sense? Or are their users accessing the file even though they shouldn’t have access or aren’t assigned to any projects that would require them to access that file? Any of these activities could be a sign of malicious behavior, but some of them may not stand out as strongly if they’re seen as small part of one user’s overall pattern of activity instead of a pattern involving one distinct file.
An anomalous behavior feature can alert you to behavior that doesn’t make sense, and that could be a sign of a larger problem. For example, if an employee that normally works days logs into the system in the middle of the night, or if an employee that doesn’t normally need to print many documents suddenly begins printing a lot of documents, you’ll be alerted to the behavior.
There could be many benign explanations for anomalous behavior. An employee could log in late at night to finish work that they couldn’t complete during the day. A special project or client request could result in the need for extra printing. But these behaviors could also be signs of trouble. When you’re alerted about them early, you’ll be able to investigate and find the cause.
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