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About insider threat detection

The insider threat can be defined simply as a threat that exists from within the company network. Advanced insider threat detection software constantly monitors your network for instances of unusual behaviour such as the copying and removal of intellectual property or other important data residing on the network.

Augmented Intelligence software learns user behaviour on the fly, letting it detect and alert network administrators of suspicious behaviour.

Why you need insider threat detection

The workplace has changed in the digital age. More organisations rely on software code and other digital intellectual property such as client details and case notes that can be saved to a USB drive or even emailed to a personal email account.

Organisations need to protect precious information from employees or third parties with a chip on their shoulder, who have been offered a financial incentive from a competitor or who simply want to create havoc. Insider threat detection software greatly reduces these threats as well as helping with data protection compliance.

Insider threat detection benefits

  • Learns user behaviour patterns and detects suspicious behaviours
  • Sends network administrators alerts when suspicious activity is detected
  • Helps the organisation achieve data protection compliance outcomes

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Cybersecurity framework

1 – Identify – The ‘identify’ phase covers the information security governance, business processes, asset management, risk management and allows the company to assess its cyber risk prior to an attack in order to allow planning for all phases to take place.  This phase should always be revisited after an attack has occurred as it serves to prevent another attack of the same kind.

2 – Protect – The ‘protect’ phase is designed to actively prevent an attack from being successful. This stage consists of a GDPR “Technical Measures” requirement and may also contain “Organisational Measures” designed to prevent a successful attack.  The measures are a direct result of your information risk assessment created under the “Identify” phase.

3 – Detect – The ‘detect’ phase provides methods to detect a successful attack.  A company cannot assume an attacker will always be thwarted and the “Detect” phase ensures that should any of the protective measures fail – the company can detect and respond (Phase 4) to a breach at the earliest opportunity.

4 – Respond – The ‘respond’ phase details the company’s response to a successful attack – one which may have been detected by the measures in the “Detect phase” or by other means – such as a third party informing the company.  The respond phase is considered critical in organisational cybersecurity planning as it defines the actions needed to stop the attack and move into the recovery phase.

5 – Recover – Once the cyber-attack has been stopped and prevented from causing further damage, recovery work must be undertaken to restore services to business as usual.  The recovery phase will also include feedback into the “identify” phase to assess how to prevent a similar attack from being successful in future.

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