Detect and Disrupt Cyber Attacks Using Identity-Powered Intelligent Security
With activity logs, application usage data and company documents, information is a valuable commodity of any corporate organization that needs to be protected. Digital data needs to be protected and some common security mistakes made by enterprises need to be avoided.
Discussing such mistakes today, let us see what ProactEye Access Security Broker and ProactEye Security Behaviour Analysis service can do to prevent them by focusing on employee behaviour because digital data can be stolen any moment.
Why user behaviour needs to be monitored?
Enterprises are threatened not only by outside parties intent on stealing commercially sensitive information (like confidential patient data, intellectual property, financial information and trade secrets) but also by employees who inadvertently open or click on links outside work or send sensitive files by email to recipients outside the enterprise.
ProactEye Access Security Broker authorizes accounts access to selective (or entire) application, based on their nature of work. It connects accounts with applications on the basis of conditional access.
ProactEye Security Behaviour Analysis service analyzes the risky users by checking the unfamiliar websites not related to work that employees may browse. Or the email addresses to which employees are sending mails.
Why to upgrade security measures?
Loss, theft or interception of sensitive business data can cause huge loss to the enterprise. Hence, information security deserves full attention. With hackers coming up with new tactics and all kinds of malwares and spywares flooding the internet, vulnerabilities are bound to increase. However, many organizations underestimate the threat stick to their conventional approach to security, which is becoming obsolete.
ProactEye Access Security Broker and ProactEye Security Behaviour Analysis service help enterprises enforce their security policy by monitoring the activities and online behaviour of employees.
Due to the ever-rising position of information as a valuable commodity, organizations must take steps to protect their data. Digital data can be compromised any time.
Hence, in order to prevent data theft, we need to notice three common security mistakes made by enterprises and ways to avoid them by focusing on employee behaviour.
Lack of education among staff and reinforcing training on security measures:
Corporate tragedies regarding securities very often involve insiders who can be current or former employees of the organization. Hence, organizations need to regularly train new hires in how not to infect the company. They need to frequently reinforce that training.
New and old employees need to receive a continuous formal training that includes fully immersive, seminars and workshops on rules for maintaining secure passwords. Informal education, such as weekly emails that keep employees up-to-date on the latest phishing scams, malware campaigns and other cyber threats should also be inculcated among employees.
To minimize security breaches through human error, all workers must understand the business risks of the information assets they touch every day, the value of protecting customer and colleague information, and their role and responsibility in keeping it safe.
If organizations put enterprise security in personal terms for employees, it can benefit employees in other areas of their lives outside of work. Companies should relate the objective of the training to the needs of both the organization’s cyber security and employees’ at-home cyber security.
Lack of Security Policy and Controls throughout the Organization or inefficient incorporation of the same:
Enterprises must incorporate a security policy and appropriate controls to ensure that the policy is being followed as intended. Policy should be distinguished from controls.
A security policy is essentially a document outlining the organization’s strategy for how it will implement company-wide information security principles and technologies. Controls are the appropriate technological mechanisms that stop unwanted access and behaviour.
Companies should audit their technological controls against the applicable security policies. This is because many security problems are hidden and only revealed through regular auditing of procedures and protocols. However, beyond testing tech controls (recommended twice annually), companies should also test employee behaviours frequently.
Many managers assume that just because the rules have been documented in a security policy, all employees will suddenly know about them, understand them and adhere to them. Just having a policy is never enough.
Along with monitoring the online behaviour of employees via ProactEye Security Behaviour Analysis service, employees need to be trained to know the security policies expected of them. ProactEye Access Security Broker grants conditional access to employees regarding every application. Also, it is important that the organization have mechanisms in place for testing whether employees’ security training is effective.
In case of an application being compromised, ProactEye Access Security Broker can detect which employees had access to the application and who can be held responsible for application getting compromised or breached.
Vulnerability assessments via ProactEye Security Behaviour Analysis service can help determine whether employees are learning their security lessons and complying with policies.
IT team may look around for Post-it notes with computer passwords lying on workers’ desks; or simulate phishing scams to extract passwords from employees. The insights gleaned from assessments like these can then be integrated into evaluations of the organization’s security training moving forward.
Users with Privileged Access above suspicion:
Usually, same security standards in an organization do not apply to employees with privileged access which is wrong. Such employees are seen as above suspicion like Ceasar‘s wife who Julius Ceaser himself doubted. History apart, vulnerabilities are very often created by those employees who are on the front lines of an enterprise’s security defence.
IT or technical teams consist of employees with the special access. Therefore, IT Teams are more likely to misuse entrusted organizational resources or privileges. This often occurs when policies are not clearly defined and enforced across the board.
That is why users with privileged access, including IT and technical staff, need to be held to the same security standards as the rest of the employees.
ProactEye Access Security Broker can regulate access even for some members of IT Team given the nature of their responsibilities.
As new employees should receive IT awareness training as part of their orientation, IT and technical staff should also have the knowledge and tools required to understand how to make good judgments online and within internal networks and systems.
The organization needs to inculcate a culture where commitment to ensure cyber security starts with top executives and cascades to all employees. A security framework needs to be adopted that helps to overcome security gaps.
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About the author:
Mr. Satyen Jain has more than 17 years of experience in IT Security and formulating business solutions for the market. Mr. Jain holds a remarkable expertise in IT security and he has developed various security solutions over the years. He has also spoken on IT Security over various security forums and seminars. To know more about Mr. Jain visit