Insider Threats are a serious concern for any business in this day and age. It’s important to protect your company’s proprietary data and information, your clients’ sensitive information, and the personal details that you collect regarding your employees. Unfortunately, one serious breach can put all of that at risk. And the biggest threat to your company probably isn’t your software or hardware, it’s your employees. Your employees are also the most difficult security weakness to control. However, comprehensive training and responsible monitoring can go a long way toward keeping your company’s data safe.
How Training Can Help
Proper training can prevent security breaches before they happen.
Chances are good that your employees want to protect the security of your business as much as you do. In many cases, their jobs depend on your company’s good reputation, and maintaining security helps you maintain that reputation. So why are employees so often the cause of breaches? A lack of training is one obvious answer.
Your employees may not be highly trained in cyber security, or even in technology. Chances are that you have an IT team that is tasked with keeping things running smoothly. The rest of your employees, even though they may be skilled in their own fields, are not likely to be IT experts, and some may be only minimally proficient with your company’s technology. This can lead to employees who use lax security protocols, like using the same easy password for everything or failing to turn on two-factor identification when available.
Employees who are poorly trained in cyber security may also be more likely to fall prey to phishing attacks, visit insecure websites on work devices, or download dangerous files. It’s not necessarily difficult to avoid these dangers when you know how to look out for them, but for people who have no training and little knowledge of the risks, these dangers may not be obvious. You can address this by providing comprehensive cyber security training for every employee.
How Insider Threat Software Can Help
Insider Threat Software can alert you to unusual activities so that you can act quickly to contain any security breach.
Although most employees have no malicious intent, you can’t overlook the fact that some employees do intentionally interfere with security or expose sensitive information. Corporate espionage is always a risk – some employees may be vulnerable to being blackmailed or bribed to breach their employer’s security. Furthermore, disgruntled employees have been known to take out frustrations by causing a data breach or stealing sensitive information.
No amount of training could prevent malicious attempts to breach your company’s cyber security. However, using insider threat software to monitor your employees’ actions can act as a preventative measure. If employees know that their devices are being monitored and they will most likely be caught, they may be less likely to risk intentional wrongdoing.
What’s more, employee monitoring software can alert you quickly to any unusual activity, whether or not it’s malicious. That means that security breaches can be identified earlier, allowing you to take mitigating actions and identify the employees responsible so that they can be disciplined, retrained, or terminated.