Softpedia – (International) Imperva experts reveal the best practices and tactics to mitigate insider threats. Insider threats have become a major issue, and many information security solutions providers have focused their efforts on precisely determining how such threats can be mitigated. Security firm Imperva contributed to this research with a report that examines the legal, psychological, and technological tactics deployed by some high-profile organizations to address these risks. A report published by Imperva in 2010 revealed that approximately 70 percent of employees planned to take copies of work-related files when leaving the organizations they worked for. Furthermore, according to the FBI, the U.S. economy suffers losses of over $13 billion each year because of insider threats. “The digital information age offers unfettered access for any actor trusted enough to enter our enterprise walls,” the cofounder and CTO of Imperva explained. “For most organizations, insider threats have moved beyond risk into reality; however, many threat vectors can be protected against with a measured approach to business security.” After analyzing the tactics and best practices employed by 40 organizations considered to be highly effective at preventing insider threats, experts determined that making a case for business security, employee education, control access with checks and balances, and security organizing are key elements. Furthermore, all employees with administrative and super user rights should be monitored constantly. IT operations, IT security, Human Resources, and legal - 16 - departments should be organized to implement security processes into the business workflow.
Ali Loney, on October 25, 2012