All too often a devastating data breach makes the news, whether it’s from a malicious outsider, an inside job, or a case of negligence. Every time one of these events occurs, it serves as a sobering reminder that an organization must ensure that it has a cybersecurity system in place.

Many organizations are ahead of the game and have set aside resources to protect their systems and digital assets. Furthermore, they continuously invest in cybersecurity to ensure that their teams stay ahead of a constantly evolving cybersecurity landscape. Many other organizations have been spared from a breach, but have learned from others that it is crucial they set up a digital security solution.

There are others still who have the unfortunate distinction of either suffering a breach and setting up a system after the event—including the clean-up costs. And there are others still who take the gamble and either hope or assume a breach will not affect them.

Perhaps at issue is a false sense of security, in that company leaders may understand the cost of a data security system and weigh that against no history of a breach against them. However, though more obvious targets are major corporations, government entities, and critical infrastructure, breaches have also targeted smaller organizations, including physician offices and schools.

The variety of industries large and small that have suffered data breaches should serve as a reminder that anyone could be the next victim. One question many organizations may have—how vulnerable are we? As the United States government has been ramping up cybersecurity, one of its offices has come with the answer.

Assessment Tool

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a means of self-assessment—the Insider Risk Mitigation Tool. This free tool is designed to help organizations understand their risk of an insider data breach. The tool is part of the agency’s Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) and is designed to help with insider data breaches.

According to CISA, CRR is a “no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessment to evaluate an organization’s operational resilience and cybersecurity practices” meant to help in determining how to protect against threats from within.

CRR provides an assessment over ten domains: asset management, controls management, configuration and change management, vulnerability management, incident management, service continuity management, risk management, external dependencies management, training and awareness, and situational awareness.

The tool is designed to help organizations plan their complete data security solution, including the environment in which they operate. Executive Assistant Director David Mussington stated, “CISA urges all our partners…to use this new tool to develop a plan to guard against insider threats. Taking some small steps today can make a big difference in preventing or mitigating the consequences of an insider threat in the future.”

Insider Threat Protection

SecureDrive products help to mitigate threats from within an organization, thereby strengthening the complete security package. SecureDrive BT and SecureUSB BT are offline encrypted storage solutions that require user authentication via a mobile device to access any data. These can be further enhanced with a Remote Management license, which enables administrators to restrict these drives to certain geographic locations or within specific time parameters.

An insider threat could mean someone with access to company computers can download sensitive information to a storage device or inadvertently introduce a virus or malware via an infected device. SecureGuard helps organizations prevent this from happening by allowing administrators to blacklist or whitelist USB devices on company computers. SecureGuard uses the same convenient, easy-to-use Remote Management console as stated above.

To learn how to start your protection from insider threats, contact one of our experts at 424-363-8535.

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