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What Does My Organization Need to Do to Guard Against Insider Threats During (and After) the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Insider Risk Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The shift towards remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to challenges for organizations in identifying their risk postures and protecting their data from insider threats.

As we approach one year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen work and our relationships to it change dramatically. Many organizations, by this point, have begun to get accustomed to the “new normal” and have created systems designed to promote remote work as a viable alternative to working at the office. Some have even announced permanent remote work after the pandemic is over. Regardless of your company’s situation, it’s critical to note that with the new normal comes new challenges to your risk management structure. A long term commitment to remote work needs to come with a commitment to stopping insider threats as your organization is more at risk. And this will be necessary long after the pandemic is over. So what does your organization need to do to guard against insider threats during – and after – the pandemic?

Assess Your Current Risk Posture

Every organization is going to have a unique set of risks that they will need to guard against depending on their industry, their current structure, their long-term goals, and more. A comprehensive assessment takes all of this into account to identify key strengths and weaknesses, and uses this information to develop an actionable strategy to help protect the organization. Reaching out to a partner such as ITMG can help. Our team draws on decades of real-world experience to fully assess your organization and come up with a step-by-step plan to strengthen your insider risk management strategy and team.

Adopt a People-Centric Attitude

As an organization and from the standpoint of risk, your people need to be the focal point of your strategy. While it’s true that you’re trying to safeguard your data, the fact remains that it takes some sort of human interaction for data to be exfiltrated. Limit access to your sensitive data as much as possible – always use the principle of least access when doling out access privileges to your users. Have the right technical tools in place to identify a potential insider threat attack before it occurs. And ensure that everyone in your organization buys into the strategy – your people can be your greatest asset!

Contact ITMG to Assess Your Current Capabilities and Develop Strategies and Protocols Designed to Help Your Company Mitigate Your Insider Risk

ITMG is an industry leader in helping organizations throughout the United States strengthen their insider risk management programs and secure sensitive data and intellectual property. Our team of bona fide experts has the real-world experience necessary to plan out and create holistic security solutions tailored to the special needs and risks in your industry. Contact ITMG today to learn more about how we can help! You can also visit our FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn pages for more updates and insights into the world of insider risk management.

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