Protect your organization against internal threats with Microsoft

11 March 2022


Twenty-five percent of data breaches come from within an organization. Not a hostile attack from outside, simply a trusted employee doing their everyday work and – deliberately or unwittingly – jeopardizing the company's security. The odds are high that this can happen to you, often with major impact. So, it is always worthwhile to have a well conceived approach to user awareness and insider risk management.

Risks lurk everywhere in the (home) office

Insider risk management focuses on minimizing internal risks related to the intentional or unintentional actions of users in the organization. The right tooling allows an organization to detect, investigate and deal with specific insider risks. Risk management is a crucial element of security because it allows the organization to define the right security priorities. Besides static risk scenarios, the challenge is often to obtain dynamic real-time insight into the risk events occurring within your organization. This allows you to act proactively and to uncover vulnerabilities posed by insider threats, which may harm your organization either intentionally or unintentionally. These can lead to unintentional privacy incidents, data breaches, IP theft, or even a competitive disadvantage.


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How do you get started with insider risks?

We often see that companies whose security is not fully developed have a very limited approach to risk management. This makes it even more important to focus on proactive security when only limited protective measures are in place. Otherwise, in such companies the likelihood of an incident and the negative consequences will be many times greater. Working from home is now common, so many checks on the internal network are not relevant. This has increased the risk level in recent years, both from insiders and external threats.

Now more than ever, it's time to put insider risk management on the roadmap. Use the power of targeted dynamic monitoring to address specific insider risks. Not as a separate item, but as part of an integrated security approach.

How do you do this? Everything starts with understanding the user activities in your environment. You also need to determine which risks you want to monitor and analyze. By organizing this in a focused manner, you are likely to uncover activities that you can resolve structurally so they occur less or not at all in the future.

Not on every door fits a lock

Companies often opt for a technical solution to reduce a potential risk. However, you cannot seal everything hermetically. Productivity should not be undermined in your ambition to protect the organization. That's why it is important to focus on user awareness. For example, you can work on reducing the risk of employees clicking on a phishing email, or work on raising awareness of unintentional mistakes and how to avoid them. Training is one option, but you can also create insight into employee behavior, which helps boost your employees' preparedness.

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