There are various security steps that organizations are taking now to stop cyber breaches and theft from outside, but still the risk of data theft lays and that is from the inside of the organization. The danger is from those who are trusted the most.
This is not new as there are a lot of companies which have faced millions of dollars of damage caused by some insiders and it is the perfect time to take necessary steps to ensure stoppage of insider threat.
Proper Screening of New Hires and Possible Attritions: – It is very important to run a background check of the new hires, it may be an expensive task but can easily be outsourced and this small investment can help in securing huge damage.
It is also necessary to keep an eagle eye on the possible attritions especially who have access to the important and confidential information’s of the company.
Physical Security: – This one needs to be on the priority list to do for companies to avoid damages caused by some trusted insider. Limit the access to the restricted infrastructure and files or use advanced authentication system like multi-factor authentication to get access to the data. It will ensure proper security and also show the details of the log used to access the data or file.
It is also suggested that employees in the organization have their individual lockers to store the confidential files of the company they are working on along with CCTV coverage on the same. Restricting use of personal devices like laptop, pen drive, smartphones inside the company premises is also a clever step to avoid data theft.
Strong and Advanced Authentication: – There are many advanced technology available nowadays which can break through any password within few seconds. Using advanced authentication procedure may be an expensive idea like the multi-factor authentication where you can even use biometric locks to secure confidential data but it can save millions of the company.
Direct Monitoring: – Direct physical monitoring of thousands of employee may not be possible, but it can easily be done through CCTV cameras to check about their movement and can also be used as future evidence.
There are different software’s available now which offers keystroke recording, URL visit history and much more which can be used to monitor the activity of employees in their desktop.
Cross Examine the Security: – It’s never too late to start fresh. If you think that all the security measures of your organization are perfect, it is the best time to run a cross check on the same. You can even outsource this activity to any professional and expert third part as thy will be working without any biasedness which will be helpful to find any loophole in the security system.
Employees current or former, business partners and even IT teams of the organization can cause a huge damage of security incidents than some outsiders as these people have all kind of knowledge and information of the business secrets and security layouts. So it is very important to take necessary and strict steps to tackle insider threats.