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Your Organization’s Biggest Security Threats Are In Front Of You

Intelligent ID | October 8, 2018

At some point, all of us have been victim to hidden fees while shopping. If you are not paying attention to the details, hidden fees can leave you feeling vexed and misled. Much like hidden fees, security threats to your organization are difficult to detect even though they are right in front of you. And they can end up proving to be far costlier. We are inclined to believe that security breaches are the result of notorious hackers but studies have proven that the majority of the threats reside within your organization.

Taking Shortcuts

Stories of disgruntled employees leaving with vital company data and information are commonly reported. While this does happen, most breaches are often non-malicious in nature. 68 percent of security risks are often innocent mistakes. Many breaches occur because of negligent users and those who are misinformed about cybersecurity best practices. It could be an employee falling prey to a phishing scam or something as simple as trusted employee misaddressing an email, communicating sensitive data via chat applications or an overworked IT admin making an error. Sometimes we just err… and it can prove costly to you and your stakeholders. It’s essential to educate employees about best practices for protecting sensitive information.

Third-Parties Can Be Insecure

Cloud technology has enabled us to communicate information faster and more efficiently. Third-party cloud services are easy to use and affordable. It may help you improve daily operations but misuse of clouds can often be catastrophic. A study by William Claycomb and Alex Nicoll at Carnegie Mellon identified three types of insider  threats to cloud computing — rogue cloud provider administrators, employees in the organization with unauthorized access and insiders who use cloud resources to carry out attacks against IT infrastructure. Therefore, it is critical to conduct comprehensive supplier assessments, to watch out for use of suspicious software across platforms, improper virtual machine management and to use diligence and planning in implementation before transitioning to cloud services.

Unauthorized Access

The main enablers of insider attacks are users with excessive access privileges. An increase in sensitive data and users with access to it increases the risk of data loss. When not in the network, employees may still have access to sensitive information. 87% of employees use personal email accounts on corporate endpoints. This provides an entry point for attacks on organizations’ network and can result in data loss without a trace. Without a means to monitor data access by its users, organizations make themselves vulnerable to data breaches.

It is important to know the infrastructure of your network and more importantly, to identify potential threats before they develop. With its unique visualization tools, Intelligent ID can globally monitor and protect devices for unlimited users. Its unique technology enables Intelligent ID to continuously monitor the source of the activity, the endpoint itself. By monitoring security violations, compliance infractions, abnormal or risky behavior, Intelligent ID can warn you of pending incidents.

To understand the state of your infrastructure and identify potential threats, contact Intelligent ID to learn how you can safeguard your organization.

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