Published On: Wed, Aug 22nd, 2018

The Latest News About Insider Threat Detection

Most companies tend to think that using artificial intelligence is the answer to all problems. However, that’s not always the case. While you can create an AI system to help create a solution, it’s up to you to find insider threats and remove them immediately.

So we’ll help you prepare in this post. By doing so, you’ll be able to assess what your company needs to solve problems. By doing so, you’ll save your organization thousands of dollars in the long run and increase its security.

Before you can start using insider threat detection software, here are a few steps you should take:

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Step 1: Inventory All of Your IT Assets

First, you’ll want to get a comprehensive inventory.

  • Data storage – Helps you know which critical assets have to be protected.
  • Access your control systems such as switches, VPNs, and routers
  • Effective Permissions – So you know what user has access to and whether that access matches their job responsibilities.
  • Installed Security System: Helps you evaluate which one is helpful at insider threat detection in the future.

Step 2: List All Insider Threats

List the insider threats that can occur in your organization and prioritize them.

Make sure that the list is comprehensive as possible. Consider all forms of data theft as it can be caused by your employees or outside attacks.

Understand that you’re not going to be able to solve all problems at once. If you focus on detecting all issues simultaneously, you’ll be unable to finding insider threats. Identify each problem and start prioritizing them based on impact and likelihood so that users can focus on the more important ones first.

Step 3: Create Logs From Multiple Data Sources

Collect logs from all forms of data sources. This includes SharePoint, file servers, Office 365, databases, exchanges, etc. If you have an EDR or DLP solution in place, make sure the insider threat detection software can utilize the alerts it creates.

Step 4: Start Testing Software Solutions

Don’t try to feed every issue to your insider threat detection software at first. Start by using one data source as a test and see if it suits your preferences: Similar negative insider activity and see if the software can catch it, how it presents the details for you to review. When doing this, use one data source and use this same process to include other data sources.

Step 5: Use a Rule Based Approach

In most situations, a rule-based approach can be more effective than using artificial intelligence. When you’ve worked for a company for some time, you’ll obtain knowledge that’s valuable for cyber security. For example, you might discover that there aren’t offices in different countries, so using VPN connections in other locations is suspicious.

And you might know that it’s impossible for a user to open more than 12 files in a minute. Making rules based on this logic is more effective at spotting issues than any artificial intelligence system.


To conclude, your insider threat detection software will make or break your company. By using it, you’ll be more responsive to finding solutions, analyzing your system, and getting alerts for potentially suspicious activity. Thus, you should keep using this process to ensure that your company can deal with insider threats with no issue.

Author: Adam Edmond

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