The History of Insider Threat Detection

While hackers and threats from outside of a company are often considered one of the biggest risks to an organization, corporation or business it may well be the insider threats which are the most problematic. The difficulty, at least in the past, has always been with effective insider threat detection.

In the past, and with old styles of programs designed for insider threat detection, the program only responded based on the data entered for each employee. This assigned specific access or operational protocols to provide specific information on which employees could access what information or data.

From this set of protocols reports were generated showing insider threat detection, but only after the event. In addition, multiple false positive threats were generated for legitimate access to data or information.

Today’s Options with Insider Threat Detection

Today’s insider threat detection programs, particularly those designed for integrated full system threat analysis, are highly effective even with superusers and administrators with access to all data and information.

These systems bring in information not just from the internal system and the movements and actions of all on the system, but also from external sources a well. Constantly gathering information from social media sites, public records, financial records, as well as from human resource information and background checks, the profile of each employee is developed at levels of sophistication not possible even a few years ago.

The result is insider threat detection which is highly accurate. The security team is provided with information on the ranking of each employee of the business, organization or agency in a ranking system which prioritizes potential risks.

This allows the focus on insider threat detection to be pinpointed where it needs to be, freeing up your security teams from doing the analytic, they are able to respond, in real time, to actual, identified threats.

A Thinking System

While based on algorithms and analytics, the top programs providing insider threat detection are also able to “think” and make qualitative judgments of risk based on the quantitative data collected.

This creates far fewer false positives for a security team to investigate and track, freeing them up to handle the high priority threats when they occur in real time.

These systems also combine insider threat detection with external threat detection, streamlining the data provided to your security team and allowing quick responses to real threats from inside or outside of the organization.

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