Insider Risk

Quantifying the risk of an insider data leak

By Veriato Team

One of the challenges associated with effectively combating the threat of insider data leaks, stems from a lack of understanding of the risk resident within the perimeter.

Employing a simple, systematic approach to rating the risk associated with each position in an organization serves multiple purposes, all of which work together to improve organization awareness and security.

The insider threat requires a mix of people, process, and technology to detect and deal with.

Becoming a positional risk scored organization

Every position has an inherent level of risk associated with it; the systems and information that the position has access to form the basis of that risk. The work product that the position is engaged in creating contributes to it as well. There are, to be sure, other factors that contribute, but using a simplified approach focused on a few critical contributing elements enables actual progress towards becoming a positional risk scored organization.

In the Guide Essentials – Quantifying Risk Worksheet  you will find a framework designed to assist you in improving the understanding of insider risk within your company, aligning appropriate levels of inspection on the activity and behaviors of insiders to improve detection of potential attacks, and enhancing communication between key departments within your organization that further improves your awareness of threat conditions and enables proactive steps to mitigate the risk of an insider attack.

How Veriato Works

Veriato is endpoint-based, which ensures organizations have complete visibility into user behavior, regardless of application. By creating an audit trail that spans the entirety of a user’s activity – which includes application and resource usage, communications, web activity, and more – detection of threats (both analytics- and action-based), investigations, and contextual response is simplified.

A Holistic Security Strategy

User & Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) + User Activity Monitoring (UAM) + Data Breach Response (DBR)

Because you never know where an attack will come from, it’s critical that every endpoint is protected from both external and internal attacks.

Internal breaches can come from:

  • Accidental employee actions
  • Malicious employee actions
  • Former employees
  • Contractors
  • Business partners
  • External attacker posing as an insider (stolen credentials)

Insider Risk – How Prepared Are You?

Not every company is equally prepared to deal with insider risk. This report outlines the four stages of insider risk maturity and explores how to improve your insider risk preparedness.

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