Insider Threat Assessment

What about the Insider Threat?

Malware, social engineering and phishing continue to be the primary vectors of compromise year after year.

Most organizations spend large amount of resources defending against outsider threat, but the internal threat is often underestimated and hard to manage. Research confirms that the human factor is a weak point in the IT security chain. From the analysis of new attack strategies, it becomes evident that first phase in attack frequently involves employee behaviors manipulated through social engineering. Other aspect of insider threat also includes any disgruntled mischievous or deviant employee who could take advantage of information or systems’ internal knowledge to damage the company.

Insider threats cause the most damage to an organization’s security.

  • $700 +

    Average cost

    Average cost of insider incidents

  • 50%

    Data breaches

    According to McKinsey, 50% of data breaches in 2017 were caused by insiders.

  • 77%

    Caused by unwitting employees

    77% of these breaches caused by unwitting employees

What options we have when dealing with insider threats?

  • Hiring Practices – Before hiring, get a good understanding of an applicant’ personality through social media.
  • Policies and Procedures – Policies and procedures must be reviewed, updated regularly and enforce d to be effective.
  • Training- Many organizations provide some type of training as well.
  • Culture – If employees are treated as valuable, they are much less likely to take care of the organization.
  • Automation- Good networking tools could give us clues as to whether anomalies seen on the network are actually insider actions.

Whether you need to build insider threat program from scratch or fine-tune existing one, Cetark’s team of cyber professionals can provide you with a tailored insider threat recommendation report that shows your company’s benchmarked against industry standards and best practices.