Insider risk is a major security challenge that requires comprehensive planning and execution to pull off well. On an organizational level, there are many components that will comprise the whole of the insider risk management program – processes and protocols that are followed by staff, technological components built to assist in the detection and prevention of insider risks, and much more. One of the most important pieces of the puzzle will be the team assigned to develop and execute the strategies necessary to mitigate insider risk. The human elements of this equation can have a big influence on the success of your insider risk management program. So, who should be on your insider risk management team?
The legal team is responsible for ensuring that all monitoring activities are in compliance with relevant local, state, and federal regulations. They help define the kinds of activities that are permissible to monitor within the organization. Finally, the legal team works closely with the insider risk management team to develop processes and procedures to ensure insider risk operations staff are complying with monitoring and investigative guidelines.
HR provides necessary context and insight on the insider population as a whole and are also key partners in providing ensuring a trusted workforce. For example, when an employee leaves or it is apparent that an employee may be suffering from personal or financial troubles, the HR department can communicate these indicators to the security team to handle based on established policies and procedures.
The IT team evaluates and implements security solutions on a technological level. They can also provide context to the rest of the insider risk management team on what’s possible within the realm of activity monitoring. IT can also provide clarity on who has access to sensitive data in the organization and how they are accessing it.
An executive should play a major role within the insider risk management team because it’s critical for the C-Suite to buy-in to the program. This gives the other departments the authority and the backing they need to implement the processes and strategies necessary for a successful program to thrive. They can also tie the ideas and goals of this program to the organization’s overall strategic goals.
Ultimately, insider risk management is the responsibility of everyone at your organization, and by keeping an eye out for any anomalies, anyone can identify a potential threat. But with a defined insider risk management team in place and setting policies for the organization, it makes it much more likely for your program to succeed in detecting and mitigating any potential threats.
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