‘All the Queen’s Horses’: A Real-World Use Case for Managing Insider Threats

August 31, 2018
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2 min read

Insider threats pose a persistent security risk to the enterprise today. According to the “IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018,” inadvertent insiders were responsible for more than two-thirds of total records compromised last year. Furthermore, insider attacks can have a devastating financial impact on affected organizations: Ponemon Institute estimated that the average cost of insider threats per year is more than $8 million.

So what are the risk factors that enable insider threat vulnerability? One report from CSO Online identified excessive access privileges, endpoint access and information technology complexity as the primary drivers. In addition, organizations are in a constant state of flux throughout the year as they start, finish or abandon projects and initiatives; bring in new employees, contractors and suppliers; and alter the data stored on various systems. It only gets more complex as people change roles or leave over time.

How Can Organizations Reduce the Risk of Insider Threats?

So how can security teams set up and maintain appropriate user access privileges for sensitive resources such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which are used to store critical business, personal and financial data? How can they ensure that a user’s entitlements map correctly to the role he or she manages within the organization? Finally, how can security professionals enforce and demonstrate compliance with industry regulations and business policies that protect data privacy and integrity?

First, it’s important to understand that it is not possible to reduce the risk of insider threats to zero; by giving anyone access to your enterprise systems, there is a chance you will suffer a loss. But you can reduce the threat by having the right controls and systems in place. One such control is the segregation of duties (SOD) management process. SOD is a primary internal control that assures that no single individual has control over all phases of a business transaction. This helps to decrease the risk of errors and identify and resolve issues quickly.

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Rahul Agarwal
Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM

Rahul Agarwal is a Portfolio Marketing Manager for Security Services on the IBM Security Marketing team. Rahul has over 12 years of experience in marketing, ...
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