How Can I Protect My Assets?
There are five main pillars of organization security that every successful business needs to adhere to:
- Protect your important assets
- Create a formal insider threat protection program
- Make insider threat solutions for monitoring your employee’s activity
- Document and consistently enforce controls and policies
- Incorporate threat security training for your employees.
The main function of an insider threat system is to protect the assets that give your organization a competitive advantage. These assets have high value and would cost your businesses time resources and money if destroyed, lost, or stolen.
Having a complete understanding of your critical assets helps defend yourself from attackers that will target your critical assets. So keep an inventory of your assets and use protective procedures to keep it safe.
Make an Insider Threat Protection Program
The best time to start creating insider threat solutions is before the problem occurs, not while a problem is present. If an incident does occur, you can modify the process based on the postmortem results from previous events.
Create Insider Threat Solutions
You’re going to have to deploy software and hardware that’s safe, secure, and will alert you on any potential attacks. Logging network activity isn’t enough to provide ongoing protection. One of the best ways to do this in your organization is through a SIEM solution.
SIEM tools allow you to create a centralized view of your company resources. This includes databases, servers, and networks. And they can make alerts and
Document and Enforce Controls and Policies
Having a clear message on all of your organization’s policies will reduce the chances of your employees ruining your organization due to a perceived injustice. Organizations need to ensure that their policies are fair, and the consequences for violations aren’t disproportionate.
Controls and policies that are not communicated, understood, or are not enforced can create resentment amongst your employees and can lead to insider threats. You need policies that can ensure:
- Regular and consistent employee training and enforcement, justification, and implementation.
- Coherent and concise documentation, including the reasoning behind your policies, if it’s applicable.
Clear documentation on your policies can prevent misunderstandings within your team. And with consistent policy enforcement, your employees won’t feel as if they are getting different treatment than other employees.
Train Your Employees on Insider Threats
If your employees don’t know the concept of an insider threat, then you’re giving them the opening to become one. This isn’t usually malicious, but you can prevent a lot of unnecessary losses by training them beforehand.
How do you train them? Create an environment of encouragement. Give your employees gifts or bonuses for following your security practices and don’t hesitate to have a meeting to get them updated with your rules and regulations.
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