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When it comes to protecting your business, cybersecurity is a huge consideration that must be kept in mind. However, it isn’t the only consideration. Some of the biggest threats to your business can actually come from your own team. Let’s go over the three kinds of insider threats that you need to be on your guard against, and how to avoid them.
As cliche as it sounds, everyone makes mistakes. Accidents happen. Maybe data was sent to the wrong recipient by mistake, or someone spilled their morning cup of joe in the wrong place. Whatever the case, it is often avoidable through some proactive education in company policy and practices. Even the most thorough security policies won’t do you any good if your employees aren’t aware of them, or how to properly follow them.
The most common insider threat, this is similar to the accidents that happen in the office, with one notable difference: these incidents could have been avoided if your employees had just paid more attention. Data being misplaced or misfiled in your company’s database, mindlessly clicking a malicious link, or leaving their mobile device unattended in public places are all clear examples of user negligence. While not intended to do damage to the company, it is still much more serious than an office accident and should be addressed appropriately.
This is the situation you are dealing with when one of your employees actively sets out to damage your company, or profit for themselves at the company’s expense. A malicious insider might steal your data and try to sell it. Some might intentionally introduce malware into your infrastructure as a means of sabotage. While not as common as the other forms, these are a very real type of insider threat that need to be prepared for.
While many insider threats can be challenging to spot, there are a few tell-tale signs that should signal that you might have an issue, or are at least vulnerable to one.
There are a few ways that you can help minimize and mitigate the likelihood of any attacks being successful to your business. Fortunately, they are all somewhat straightforward:
KT Connections can help you protect your operations from threats, “insider” and out. To learn more, give our team a call at 605-341-3873.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.