Now more than ever, businesses and organizations need to take insider threats seriously and develop strategies to help them deal with it. Detection and investigation are two facets of this process that are obviously very important. You need these in order to protect your data, applications, and infrastructure and gather information when an incident occurs. But don’t discount the payoff that can result from developing insider threat prevention strategies alongside them. By preventing an incident from happening in the first place, you can do a great deal to help your organization. So how do you start?
Creating a Cybersecurity Policy
Your organizational cybersecurity policy is the foundation on which the rest of your efforts are built. It helps your employees understand exactly which applications, tools, and websites they are allowed to access or are barred from. It should also clearly state the risks associated with using particular technological tools or devices so that users will have the context needed to understand why certain cybersecurity decisions are being made. In addition, the policy should detail other cybersecurity concerns and address issues surrounding best practices while online, especially with regards to phishing or other social engineering attacks.
Block Any User Activity that Falls Outside Your Established Policy
The best-intentioned cybersecurity policy can’t be effective without enforcement, and your insider risk management team needs to have the tools necessary to enforce any user behavior which falls outside of the policy. Look into your software options to find a tool robust and capable enough to do this job. It’ll go a long way in preventing potential insider incidents before they’ve even had a chance to start.
Ultimately, cybersecurity relies on everyone pitching in, doing their part, and staying aware of their actions and what’s happening around them in the digital space. Provide training sessions designed to continually educate employees and encourage questions to clear up any misunderstandings. Partner with experienced professionals like those at ITMG. By doing all of this, you’ll have a great head start on preventing insider threat incidents and protecting your key data and applications.
Contact ITMG to Assess Your Current Capabilities and Develop Strategies and Protocols Designed to Help Your Company Mitigate Your Insider Risk
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