Are You Defending Against Insider Threats?

Wondering what an insider threat is? An insider threat is an individual or business partner who inappropriately uses company data. It’s important in today’s technology landscape to take proactive steps to prevent insider threats. Here’s some tips to keep your business and employees protected:

#1 Educate Your Team

It’s necessary to keep your team educated on personally identifiable information (PII) and the implications of that information being stolen. PII include full names, Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account number, passport number, and email address Each employee needs to understand the risks associated with violating specific state or federal regulations regarding data privacy and security.

#2 Deter

Create easy to understand policies in place to prevent an insider from breaching your company data and make sure these policies are strictly enforced. There’s a chance you may be forced to put a someone in charge of holding the company accountable in following policies.

#3 Detect

As a business, you must have security systems in place to identify data breaches and their sources as soon as possible.  It will make your job easier to find the source of the breach with an effective audit trail in place.

#4 Investigate

In order to limit extensive damages, when a security breach is detected, actions must be taken. With an insider threat in mind, you may have to consider revoking access privileges to ensure it can’t happen a second time.

#5 Train

The IT landscape is constantly evolving which means your employees need to be regularly trained on data security. Consider a variety of training tools such as: emails, posters, scheduled meetings and face-to-face interviews.

Are you concerned that your company’s data could be at risk? We’re here to help. ECMSI’s advanced security suite is industry-leading in keeping your critical business data protected and increasing productivity. Call us today: (330) 750-1428 or visit us at