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Top 15 Insider Threat Management Solutions for Enterprises

Pathlock
December 17, 2020

When we think of threat management, we often assume that the most dangerous security threats come from external sources. All too often, we not only underestimate the likelihood of insider threats, but also the potential damage they can cause. 

Insider threat involves malicious activity within an organization that’s typically carried out by a current or former employee, a recently terminated team member, or an identity thief who steals legitimate credentials to steal inside information. Ultimately, these scammers leverage inside information regarding the organization’s operations, data and computer systems, and security practices to commit fraudulent acts and gain competitive intelligence. 

According to a 2019 study conducted by IBM, it costs even small to mid-sized organizations (e.g., 500-1000 employees) an average of $6.92 million to contain and remediate an insider threat. The same study also outlines that the annual frequency of insider-related security incidents tripled between 2016 and 2019. With more and more employees working remotely and applications moving to the cloud, we should only expect this number to rise over time.

But instead of hiring a dedicated security team to tediously monitor each and every action for suspicious behavior, why not minimize costs and human error by automating the process?

In this article, we’ve carefully compiled a list of today’s top 15 insider threat management solutions. These popular tools combine features like employee behavior monitoring, automatic permission management, and real-time data protection. Keep reading to find the right fit for your organization

  1. Pathlock
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Pathlock Control is a comprehensive insider threat management solution that can detect, automatically react to, and proactively prevent insider threats within your most critical business applications. It seamlessly integrates with more than 140 systems including SAP, Oracle, and Workday to monitor all user activity and stop any unauthorized attempts to access, modify, or delete sensitive data.

Pathlock utilizes deep User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) to proactively detect potential insider threats. These algorithms, trained on real-life behavior patterns, can identify suspicious activity that, while not posing any immediate threats, might have detrimental consequences in the future. Whenever an incident like this escalates, Pathlock immediately revokes all permissions from the bad actor until the security team steps in for a review.

In essence, smart permission management is one of the signature features of this product. It allows you to enforce Zero Trust by restricting privileges to the least privileges needed to complete a given task, only elevating their permissions when it is absolutely needed.

Top features:

  • 140+ integrations with apps like SAP, Oracle, Workday, Coupa, and Salesforce
  • Automatically manages user permissions to save time for your IT team, while enforcing the least privilege policy to further improve your organization’s security posture
  • Analyzes Segregation of Duties (SOD) violations across all applications and reveals any compliance risks caused by excessive permissions
  • Conduct automated user access reviews to verify required access permissions, especially if those privileges are not in use, or they result in a segregation of duties breach or other access risk violation
  • Provides a complete historical view of user actions to help you pass security audits, thereby ensuring that your organization’s processes and data security comply with regulations such as SOX, PCI, GDPR, HIPAA, ISO, and CCPA
  • Provides multiple deployment possibilities: SaaS, On-Premise, IBM Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc.
  • Generates detailed audit reports, minimizing the amount of manual work required for ongoing audits

What’s special about it?

Pathlock does not sacrifice user experience for security – it ensures data protection without disrupting IT processes. It will help your employees reach maximum productivity by automating the tedious and formulaic tasks of monitoring user permissions, conducting security audits, and ensuring a healthy, stable IT environment that’s impermeable to inside threats. 

Pricing:

You can request a custom quote from this page.

  1. Teramind

Teramind handles employee data collection in real-time to identify suspicious activity, detect possible threats, monitor employee efficiency, and ensure compliance with standards like GDPR, HIPAA, and NIST. It features an assortment of built-in alerts with the ability to create custom ones. Furthermore, it supports automatic user lock-outs, and has an Android app that helps you keep track of everything on the go.

Top features:

  • Data loss prevention (DLP) mechanisms that include advanced Optical Character Recognition (OCR), to protect sensitive data from exfiltration
  • User activity monitoring to ensure compliance with internal security policies
  • Insider threat detection
  • Employee email, file transfer, and keystroke tracking

What’s special about it?

Teramind claims to provide a user-centric approach to activity monitoring. It can be installed incognito – without employee awareness – or be made fully transparent to maintain employee trust. 

Pricing:
$10 to $25 per month, depending on your pricing plan. 

  1. Code42 Incydr

Code42 Incydr is a SaaS data risk detection tool that locates and mitigates insider threats without disrupting regular operations. It monitors and documents how employees use and share data between their computers and cloud services. All user activity is recorded in a history log that gives you a holistic view of potential insider threats.

Top features:

  • Monitors file uploads to both work and personal emails, as well as to social network accounts
  • Observes what your employees share from their Google Drive/OneDrive accounts and analyzes files sent via Slack or Airdrop
  • Detects which files are being deleted by users
  • Generates a list of employees exhibiting suspicious activity

What’s special about it?

Incydr can be used to create lenses – groups of users that might be at risk of exposing sensitive corporate data and thus, require close attention. For example, it can monitor the activity of recently disgruntled employees with extra scrutiny. 

Pricing:
You can request a custom quote from the vendor.

  1. InterGuard Employee Monitoring Software

InterGuard Employee Monitoring Software can track employee activity on a wide range of devices, including desktop computers, tablets, and even smartphones. It can automatically take screenshots from employee computers to provide you with a sneak peek into their suspicious activities.

Top features:

  • Employee time tracking
  • Real-time alerts of suspicious behavior
  • Email and browser monitoring
  • File activity tracking for data leak prevention
  • Keylogger included

What’s special about it?

In addition to tracking potentially malicious behavior, InterGuard can record worker attendance, idle/active time, and productivity metrics.

Pricing:
Starting at $9.99 per user/month. Larger organizations can request a custom quote.

  1. Veriato Cerebral

Veriato Cerebral is a user behavior analytics and insider threat management solution that’s powered by machine learning algorithms. It monitors employee chats, emails, web surfing, and file transfers. Upon receiving an automatic alert, you’ll be able to view a detailed log and a screenshot of the illegal activity. This information will ultimately help you decide what actions should be taken towards resolving the threat.

Top features:

  • AI-Powered User Behavior Analytics and Activity Monitoring
  • Captures video footage of all onscreen activity, making it easy for your legal team to investigate insider incidents
  • Easy to deploy on PC, Mac, and Android devices
  • Can be scaled for up to 300,000 endpoints

What’s special about it?

The vendor claims that its advanced AI-based technology can proactively detect insider threats. This enables your organization’s security team to take appropriate action before the risk escalates to an incident.

Pricing:
Contact sales for a custom quote. 

  1. ActivTrak

ActivTrak is more than just an insider threat management solution. It gives you a zoomed-in perspective of what your employees actually do in their digital workspaces. For example, it monitors what applications they use and how they divide their time between various activities. It can also generate audit logs to help you track and predict malicious behavior while ensuring compliance with modern security standards.

Top features:

  • All workforce productivity information is available on a comprehensive Team Productivity Pulse dashboard
  • Creates a library of applications that your employees use, thus providing deeper insight into how they work as well as helping to identify workflow bottlenecks
  • Enables both built-in or custom alarms to detect insider threats and strike early

What’s special about it?

It’s not as much an insider threat management solution as it is equal parts a productivity monitoring system. If you’d like to boost your employees’ work efficiency while staying on top of any unwanted digital activities, this solution will come in handy.

Pricing:
You have the option of the free plan or the paid plan, which is $7.20 per user per month.

  1. Observe It

ObserveIt is geared towards the largest enterprise organizations that need to detect risky user behavior, investigate insider-related security incidents, and protect their data from being exfiltrated. It’s a great tool for user activity monitoring and insider threat detection, but its high price makes it viable only for large companies.

Top features:

  • Offers visibility into Citrix and other VDIs, as well as any Mac, Linux, or Windows machines.
  • Detects system misuse and policy violations, in real-time, thanks to 400+ readymade insider threat scenarios.
  • Resolves insider threats effectively with Incident Replay, which provides a timeline of the unauthorized activity.

What’s special about it?

ObserveIt maintains a reasonable level of user privacy until there’s a risk of an insider threat. In such instances, it then provides you with all the required data to conduct a fair and thorough investigation of the incident.

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a custom quote. 

  1. BlackFog Enterprise

BlackFog not only provides GDPR privacy and real-time protection against external threats, it also secures your employees’ devices and prevents any data exfiltration, even if you’re managing a distributed team.

Top features:

  • Geofencing and behavior analytics minimize data loss
  • Detailed reporting of all potential and active threats
  • Protection from threats on the Dark Web
  • Advanced defense against Fileless network execution attacks

What’s special about it?

It works on all user devices including desktop Macs, PCs, Android smartphones and iPhones/iPads, providing complex defense against ransomware, malware, and, of course, insider threats.

Pricing:
The enterprise plan costs $10 per user per month.

  1. Data Resolve inDefend

inDefend is a complex software system that helps to identify various types of insider threats as well as preventing sensitive data leaks by controlling the communication channels available on user devices. This SaaS platform lets you achieve 100% transparency over all data streams within your organization, detecting and preventing the most dangerous insider threats.

Top features:

  • Suits all organizations, from smaller ones to large enterprise
  • Workforce productivity tracking
  • Manage user access permissions with global policies based on smart data analysis
  • Automatic screenshots of the illegal activity will help you resolve the toughest insider incidents

What’s special about it?

InDefend offers a bunch of modules to defend all sorts of endpoints: PC, Mac. iOS and Android devices, servers, even printers. It also integrates with the likes of Google Apps and Office 365 to monitor and protect workers’ emails.

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a demo/custom quote. 

  1. Varonis

Varonis can detect both insider threats and external attacks. Not only does it monitor user behavior to detect and notify you of suspicious activity, it can also automatically lock sensitive data in the instance of a breach. As such, it helps security teams mitigate threats without worrying about the loss or theft of sensitive data.

Top features:

  • Supports platforms like SharePoint Online, OneDrive, NetApp and others
  • Provides detailed reports that can be run on demand or per a schedule
  • Automatically resolves IP addresses to geolocations
  • Flexible API that allows for custom integrations

What’s special about it? 

Varonis uses a unique method of combining 6 metadata streams, such as Access activity, Permissions, Content Classification, etc. to analyze all organizational data and identify the most sensitive and risk-prone bits.

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a custom quote.

  1. Haystax

Haystax is a SaaS security platform that smoothly integrates into corporate SOC environments, analyzes potential insider risks, and provides early warnings about any cyber threats at the gates. It provides detailed reports for each known threat within your organization, while allowing you to view and map them to all related user activity.
 

Top features:

  • Uses machine learning to analyze data
  • Can be deployed as either SaaS or some on-premise variant
  • Detects both negligent and malicious insiders, as well as worker activity that starts to deviate from normal behavior

What’s special about it?

Haystax can analyze any given data set on employee activity, to form meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated facts. Moreover, it automatically generates detailed reports that highlight any insider risks that need to be addressed.

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a custom quote. 

  1. Ekran System

Ekran is one of the options here that functions primarily as an insider threat management solution. It monitors third-party services used in your organization like AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure to pinpoint potentially vulnerable elements, such as over-privileged users. Not only does it alert you to potential threats, it gives you the ability to scrutinize them and take immediate action to prevent data leaks.

Top features:

  • Includes a wide selection of pre-defined alerts and provides the option to create custom ones.
  • Provides automated incident responses, including application termination or blocking a suspicious actor
  • Conducts remote session analyses with parametric searches
  • Protects organization from operational disruptions while ensuring continuous defense against insider threats

What’s special about it?

Ekran uniquely provides video footage of all employee sessions on controlled endpoints. Every recording comes with multiple layers of metadata that provide deeper insight into the nature of each insider incident.

Pricing:

Contact the vendor for a custom quote.

  1. Forcepoint Insider Threat

Forcepoint is yet another UEBA solution that manages insider threats by performing deep algorithmical analyses of employee behavior and daily activity. Based on this data, it then generates comprehensive reports that can illuminate even the most cleverly covered malicious activity. 

Top features:

  • Provides extensive monitoring capabilities, with more than 100 Indicators of Behavior that can be evaluated for each user
  • While offering advanced behavior analysis, it keeps employee identities private until there’s a serious concern about their behavior
  • The software lets you organize websites to provide access to an entire category rather than a single URL
  • Automatically captures footage of incident-related behavior that is admissible in a court of law

What’s special about it?

Forcepoint is an all-encompassing product for your enterprise security and insider threat management needs. Not only has it maintained a solid reputation for more than 10 years, but according to client reviews, it’s very stable.

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a custom quote.

  1. Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix analyzes user behavior, informing you of any deviations from the norm and mitigating risks related to sensitive data, regardless of its location. It smoothly integrates with Active Directory, Azure AD, Exchange, Office 365, and numerous other 3rd party services. In any case, it features a REST API that enables you to integrate with virtually any service that might not be on the list of supported apps.

Top features:

  • Automatically calculates SOD risk levels and presents its findings in easy-to-read reports
  • Detects unauthorized permissions changes
  • Enables you to set up automated responses for expected incidents
  • Fully compliant with GDPR, CCPA, and other modern regulations
  • Additionally detects ransomware attacks

What’s special about it?

Netwrix can be used together with a DLP tool by providing it with precise tags for all of your organization’s sensitive data. This not only helps security teams prioritize which data to recover first, but this knowledge greatly speeds up the recovery process.

Pricing:

Contact the vendor for a custom quote.

  1. BetterCloud

BetterCloud integrates with several dozens of SaaS apps like Asana, Atlassian, and Bluejeans to monitor employee activity. It allows you to configure rules for various contexts, such as discarding user permissions in offboarding situations.

Top features:

  • Time-based roles
  • On-demand workflows
  • Automated threat alerts

What’s special about it?

BetterCloud works great with Google Apps for Business, thereby allowing you to control every event within your Google ecosystem without overlooking any potential threats (e.g., forwarding sensitive emails, sharing confidential documents, etc.).

Pricing:
Contact the vendor for a custom quote. 

Weighing your options and making the right choice is no light decision. This list of industry-leading tools serves as a solid starting point when narrowing your options. Ultimately, your choice of an insider threat management solution comes down to the nature and size of your business, and your unique IT ecosystem. 

Contact us to start securing your business from insider threats, today!