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Will Insider Threats Torpedo Your Security Strategy?

December 8, 2020

Accounting for Cybercriminals is Always on Your List, But Have You Accounted for Insider Threats?

As you work on determining what solutions and strategies you’ll use to secure your systems and data in 2021, you’re probably already considering recommended cybersecurity best practices and accounting for complications like chaotic world events, extended remote work, and evolving cybercrime technology. These regular suspects always star in any cybersecurity plan – and so should insider threats.

Are you accounting for the unexpected dangers that insider threats pose to your plan? Whether they’re staffers that are intentionally trying to cause harm or employees that don’t take cybersecurity seriously, insider threats are the real hidden time bomb for every business. Your most likely cause of a cybersecurity incident is already inside your building, and that has to be part of your risk calculus.

Insider Threats Are Your Biggest Problem

The number one cause of a data breach and your biggest cybersecurity threat have something in common – human beings. It takes a human to click on a malicious link, give someone a password who shouldn’t have it, forget to secure a database or commit another unforced cybersecurity error. Even if they’re not acting maliciously and paying attention to security best practices, it’s inevitable that human beings will make mistakes.

That’s why it’s absolutely essential that the first threat that you consider in any cybersecurity strategy is the danger presented by insider threats. Even the strongest and best-designed security plan can be laid to waste in seconds by one staffer falling for a phishing email. Fortunately, putting the right solutions in place can help reduce your risk of damage from insider threats.

Guarding your gateways using an identity and access management (IAM) solution is a key protection against many insider threats, whether they’re caused by employee errors or malicious acts. In a recent survey of CISO priorities in 2021, 43% of those surveyed said they’re investing in IAM ahead of areas like improving endpoint security and updating legacy infrastructure because of the myriad benefits that IAM brings to the table.

Increasing Protection Without Increasing Your Budget

In an increasingly dangerous threat landscape, it’s essential that you add the extra protection that your company needs against cybercrime to avoid potentially damaging disasters. But every company is also trying to make their budget stretch a little farther these days, which doesn’t leave much room for new solutions. That’s another reason why Optistar’s Managed Services and Security Awareness Training for your staff is perfect for businesses of any size – we provide tremendous value by combining multiple protections in an affordable package.

Contact Optistar today to add the Optistar’s protection to your security stack and to discuss our 45-Day Security Awareness Training FREE Trial which is available until December 31st, 2020. You can’t afford to wait until a human error becomes a cybersecurity disaster.

– ID Agent

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