People-Centric Information Security

June 5, 2017 Christina Lembo

People-Centric Information Security: Training and Education of Your Workforce

The people within your organization are what make it great. The right monitoring tools, information security, and support can make it even better.

People-Centric Security

Approximately 60 percent of all data breaches can be traced to individuals from within the compromised organization. Whether the source of the leaked information deliberately committed fraud for malicious reasons, or merely rendered data vulnerable through negligence or accidental misuse, the sobering fact remains that standard information security protocols will not flag data leakage when it is committed by an insider with the proper clearance.

Insider threats have the potential to inflict more damage to an enterprise than external cyber threats with malicious intent. Since the perpetrators may be fully apprised of security and access protocols from within the company, their malfeasance may continue undetected for years. Such breaches have the power to render your organization vulnerable to costly liabilities and regulatory compliance issues – not to mention the erosion of public trust.

Putting People First

What is people-centric information security?

Your organization is staffed with people, not security protocols. Your people help your business thrive. While information security is a significant concern, it’s important to find the right balance for your organization between a people-centric approach and a policy-centric approach. When team members are empowered by education and personal responsibility, they develop a stake in overall organizational success.

People-centric security protocols can only be effectively leveraged through active identity management If you don’t know who is accessing data at any given time, you cannot trust that your employees have a unified understanding of and appreciation for their roles within the information security framework. Identity management is essential to strong Patient Privacy Intelligence.

With FairWarning’s Patient Privacy Intelligence, you can identify the level of risk in employee behavior by degree, thereby predicting potential misuse and security breaches.

Employee Negligence

Proactively discovering troubling behavior patterns through behavior analytics is crucial to maintaining security and integrity within your organization. While a significant portion of data leaks stem from a desire to exploit sensitive or proprietary information, it is nonetheless important to identify simple mistakes that originate from employee negligence. With FairWarning’s solutions, you can identify and analyze the behaviors of your entire team. Each user’s access is summarized, charted, and located in real-time, to allow you to determine whether certain atypical actions are malicious or negligent. From here, you can determine what type of training the identified user needs to help reduce insider threats.

Privileged User Exploitation

Privileged users are entrusted with great, sometimes unrestricted, security access in order to fulfill their daily tasks. It is critically important to monitor such users using advanced monitoring systems, since this class of user is in a unique position to manipulate or circumvent standard monitoring controls.

Stressed, Disgruntled, or Transient Users

Using a multi-layer approach to behavior analytics, high-risk users might be identified through a deterministic and probabilistic analytics approach. Based on trends discovered by FairWarning’s platform, behaviors that indicate hostile ulterior motives might include:

Access after-hours from remote locations

Accessing high volumes of data, either suddenly or incrementally

A dramatic uptick in outgoing email volume

High access to files not typically needed to complete job functions

FairWarning Identity Intelligence delivers application agnostic, complete user transparency and accountability solutions, so that you can track, isolate, and prevent dangerous activities across channels. To learn more about how people-centric information security can optimize your existing data protection measures, please contact us today.

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