An organization’s most vital systems and information are placed into the hands of third parties every day. Whether it be an employee, vendor, or consultant, it is important to manage and maintain sensitive systems with the highest security.
When considering today’s lingering threat of data breaches and compromised information, it is important that organizations are protecting their lifeblood from the inside out. Unfortunately, the truth about insider threats is that they do happen, and more often than not. This has become such a worry to enterprises that most executives believe that their organizations are vulnerable to insider threats.
What is an Insider Threat?
So, what is an insider threat then? An insider threat is simply defined as a security threat that originates from inside the company walls, such as employees, former employees, contractors or business associates, who have inside information concerning the organization’s security practices, data and computer systems.
Many organizations turn to managed service providers to add an extra layer of security into their network so they can fully protect against insider, and external, threats. Understanding what kind of insider threats you are exposed to all winds down to identifying where sensitive information is located and who has access to this information. Once you identify the data, it is important to implement monitoring systems that can track who accesses this information and when. If sensitive company information was compromised, you can easily go back and correlate the monitoring events to the original access point.
As insider threats continue to grow, so will the demand for experts on the subject, and solutions from managed service providers. Let’s take a look at how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can help organizations secure their information from the inside out.
How Do MSPs Help Clients Protect From Insider Threats
Identifying Sensitive Information and Monitoring User Access
A MSP will work with the client to help identify their most sensitive company information. By doing this, the client can understand what information is the most important and who has access to it. You will be able to monitor the behavior users have with this data and identify who is a high-risk employee. Many organizations think that by just providing login credentials and limiting access permissions will ensure protection. Without a monitoring system in place, unauthorized access to internal data can easily occur.
Always Encrypt Data
Encryption can now be taken as one of the most important layers of internal defense procedures necessary in protecting data, internally and externally. By encrypting data, organizations can maintain document security – even if the data has been breached internally. A managed service provider will ensure that their clients will have these precautions in place.
Training, Restricting and Defense
Today the world has moved to a totally mobile world and with this comes a lot more security responsibility. Limiting the use of mobile devices, web apps, IoT devices is a must to stay secure. A MSP can help you implement systems that monitor and block activities on certain sites that are easily targeted. This can include limiting access to certain website, setting bandwidth restrictions, limiting file sharing permissions and more.
Along with this comes employee training. Humans will always be the weakest link in your security. It is important that you properly train employees with the right security procedures and tips. Keep employees updated on current treats and trends so they know what to look out for.
The last thing that you should think about when protecting your organization from insider threats, is all the third parties that might have access to your data and sensitive information. Ask about their data protection procedures, rules and regulations that they have in place within their organization. Communicate these procedures that you put in place with management in order to make sure all sides are covered.
At the end of the day, the best rule of thumb to remember is the best offense is a good defense. Establishing multiple layers of defense can seem time consuming and tedious, but remember a MSP is here to aide you with your security needs. They have a full team of expertly trained employees that work as an extension of your team, 24/7/365. The time and money invested on security services is an insignificant comparison to the average detection time, damage, and costs after an internal breach.
NetServe365’s Managed Security Services will help your organization secure their network and infrastructure from the inside out. Contact us today for a free IT consultation from one of our security experts!
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