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The Need for Behavior Centric Detection and Response

How many times have you been too late to discover a data breach after it has happened? A majority of time, it can take anywhere from days to months to detect these breaches. This has constantly been a challenge for not only organizations themselves, but also the security industry. The talk of data-centric security is just as important as being able to discover the behaviors of users and their devices.

It has been acknowledged that users are the weakest link in terms of cyber security and also are considered the most at risk for data breaches to occur. There has been very little information on the behaviors of these users and the patterns of usage. According to a recent article regarding why we need behavior centric detection and response, “Active engagement in monitoring, detecting and deriving insight into user access and usage patterns can foretell risky activity. Identifying early warning signs is critical for protecting against sophisticated threats including malicious insiders and external attackers that have hijacked legitimate user accounts.”

Organizations need to monitor these threats through correlation based log analytics. It is not only important to analyze all kinds of security in systems in place including DRM/IRM, DLP, IPS, physical access control, database security and many more, but also other types of user data including employee access credentials.

Results of this analysis need to be readily traceable and visualized using a risk index, trending charts and lists.

In general, security administrators take on roles of security risk management. However, line managers on the front line of security risks are also required to review and respond to the risks pertaining to their people, jobs and data. Providing line managers with comprehensive risk index results can alert them to potential risks and help them prevent risks. By involving these line managers with this risk review process, organizations can determine with confidence whether the target users, groups or files are truly subject to insider threats.


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When Data Breaches Come from Within

Insider threats still remain to be a higher concern for business not only in the United States, but around the world. Businesses are more than ever expected to maintain or increase their data security and data protection budgets to mitigate the risk of insider threats. When we look at business today, more than 93% of U.S. respondents to a survey say the feel vulnerable to insider attacks. There is no doubt that those that come from within in a business pose the most threats.

Nowadays, preventing data breaches have become the one of the highest priority for IT security spending and based on recent headlines, the cloud and databases are the most at risk. Unfortunately, it is only until after an organization experiences a data breach or fails a compliance audit, do organizations “play catch-up” to secure the their sensitive data. Privileged users still remain the greatest threat, but contractors and service provide, along with business partners still pose a threat within the inside. Whether it is malicious or unintentional, the fact that sensitive information remains unprotected even with all these headlines is beyond any consumer’s guess.

Some of you may think, our perimeter defenses is strong, we don’t have to worry about data breaches. In this case, they won’t stop an insider attack from happening. Insiders have two major things that make them more dangerous than an outsider. Insiders already have network access, sometimes at a high level. They also know much of what is on the network as well as where.

To truly combat the insider threat, a much more persistent and complete approach to security is needed. As always mentioned, it is not so much about the user or the perimeter as it is about the data itself. Any data that is protected by Fasoo Enterprise DRM (Digital Rights Management) can provide that security both against insider threats and external hackers. The reason here, is as mentioned, Fasoo protects the data itself no matter where it goes. Whether it is malicious or accidental, insider threats continue to make the headlines each month, and we cannot sit back and let these incidents continue to happen.

With you data DRM protected, and secure with the right security against data breaches, organizations can take a stand and say enough is enough. Keep your data secure with Fasoo Enterprise DRM.

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