There are two main threats to your company database, and one is external, while the other is internal. It’s hard to know whether an insider threat or an external cyberattack is worse for your company, but one thing’s for sure – if you’re not protecting your information from either, you’re going to be in a world of hurt if anything happens.
Businesses need to spend both the time and money to combat the risks of an insider threat, especially as technology becomes smarter. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using an insider threat program.
1. It Can Help Identify Suspicious Behavior
Before an insider threat is recognized, you need to be able to identify suspicious behavior, so that you can put a stop to the breach before it happens. Being able to recognize a possible threat to your internal database is essential so that you can begin damage control before things get worse.
An insider threat program can be used by your computer staff to recognize what suspicious behavior looks like, and work out what it could lead to. From fraud to data theft and even misuse of business assets, there are many forms of internal threats that can be prevented with this type of technology.
2. Manage and Look Out for Cyber Threats
The best type of insider threat detection program will be able to not only identify suspicious behavior before it turns into something more serious but report, score, and monitor as well. This way, the staff that has been assigned to detect, watch, and manage specific types of internal threats can do so with efficiency.
Insider threat programs can continuously score behavior based on past incidents, as well as what’s happening currently. It can also prioritize what behavior it monitors, and what it deems lower risk. Each category of behavior can be assessed and scored based on its risk level.
3. Figure Out High-Risk Threats and Profiles
If you work within a large organization, you’ll understand that it’s virtually impossible for the manager or owner to keep track of every single employee, to work out if they are carrying out high-risk behavior in association with the database or not.
This is where an insider threat program comes in. It can not only keep track of every employee who has access to the database, but it can also monitor each one automatically so that you can be alerted of potential dangers in real-time, without having to wait for the report. Through risky patterns that are created, it can work out if a particular behavior is being repeated, and whether it poses a risk worth mentioning.
The reality of insider threats is that they often follow the same patterns. This is why using an insider threat program is inherent to the security of your business’s database. Once you are aware of the patterns that are cause for concern, you can respond to the threats a lot quicker, and save and protect more of your data.