Technology associated insider threats are a significant risk for organizations that have sensitive or confidential information. This includes government agencies, healthcare, financial services and many other sectors.

These types of threats are difficult to detect because of the way that users interact with your data systems. However, by deploying tools that are specifically focused on internal threat detection, you can reduce the risk of these threats by clicking on

Define, Detect and Identify

By using technology to monitor user behavior, you can detect atypical activities that indicate insider threats. This helps you to prevent malicious users from accessing and sharing data in the future.

Behavioral analysis can help you to spot insider threat activity by looking for patterns of unauthorized access, suspicious file uploads, and other anomalous activity. These trends can be identified by security analytics platforms and employee monitoring software.

Database activity monitoring can also help you identify suspicious behaviors. It can flag if users are trying to perform database queries on a regular basis during off-business hours or days that they aren't working.

Restrict access to privileged accounts and data through policies that are based on user roles and their need for access to data. This can include limiting employees from taking corporate machines home and requiring that they purge orphaned accounts that aren't used any longer.

Protect data from being stolen by implementing DLP solutions that allow for encrypted email and cloud storage of sensitive or confidential information. These solutions also track where and how data is being saved or accessed, so you can see where sensitive data is being viewed by outside parties.

Reduce the risk of data loss by utilizing software that blocks unauthorized files from being uploaded or downloaded to your network and to USB drives. These tools also block unauthorized apps from running on your network.

Whitelisting technologies are being used more often to handle insider threats. This involves defining a risk profile for each application that is allowed to run on the network and then determining how applications can be white-listed or blacklisted according to your organization's preferences.

Prevent insiders from downloading and uploading large amounts of data remotely

Insiders can download large quantities of data quickly, allowing them to distribute it to other employees within the company or to outside organizations. This can lead to massive breaches, as was the case with Desjardins Bank in Canada, where 9.7 million customer records were leaked online after a malicious insider copied them for two years.

Control access to critical systems and privileged accounts

Privileged account access can be a serious insider threat because it gives people access to sensitive information that they would not otherwise have. These users could be former employees, past business partners or contractors.

Restrict access to your organization's critical systems and privileged accounts by enforcing policy violations that can be identified by a combination of behavioral analytics, user activity monitoring and network security tools. This can be accomplished by detecting attempts to access blocked websites or USB ports, as well as noticing frequent requests for data that isn't related to their job function.