An insider threat is when an individual with privileged access to an organization’s critical applications and sensitive information takes measures—on purpose or inadvertently—that leaves the organization open to threat. Because of their privileged status and authorized access to the organization’s resources, such insiders present a sizable risk to corporate health and stability.
Many high profile breaches have been linked to insiders, meaning an insider threat process is a must for all organizations. Isolating and controlling such insider threats demands a measured and careful strategy. A successful insider threat program considers the dangers of insider threats as well as the requirements of the organization and its workers.
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There are four key aims of an insider threat program:
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When you create an insider threat management program, you should begin with the most sensitive resources. The program must identify critical assets and note which non-employees and employees are able to access them.
Such a program should also take into account which non-employees genuinely require access and for what period. This list can be connected to threat attributes to ascertain which non-employees and employees are, or could become, a notable risk. The success of existing security policies can help further clarify the breadth of the program.
An Insider Threat Management Program is a long-term endeavor. It is good practice to begin with a concise list of the top critical assets, and to note who requires access to them, who has access, and broaden the scope with time. Select a small group of non-employees—giving priority to those with privileged access and subsets of employees to carry out a pilot program.
You can use your findings to expand the methodology throughout the organization. The scope of the initiative should cover:
The effectiveness of the program may be assessed according to:
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