Tackle Insider Threat by Creating a Culture of Security Awareness

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What Role Does Training Play?

Amigorena: Training and software solutions are both important but in order to create a culture of cybersecurity, they must work together and not be treated as separate tools. Most insider threat breaches are down to plain human error but you don't want your staff to think that the software solutions are there as part of a witch hunt. It is important to educate them on why the tools are there, how they work, and how employees can proactively be a part of the process that helps safeguard company information. On the other hand, technology can help with the training process, by giving users reminders of policy 'in situ,' for instance, if they are trying to log in from a new device. It can also provide a more engaging way to educate employees. IS Decisions' 'The Weakest Link' is a fun free online game we created for users to play, testing their security awareness.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and this year's theme is 'Our Shared Responsibility,' reflecting the notion that cyber space cannot be secured without the help of all users. Unfortunately, the weakest link in most organizations is the employees. In fact, many, if not most, security breaches involve internal users, a risk often referred to as insider threat.

We've spoken to two experts in the area of insider threat to provide some insight into what it is and how it can be defended against. The first is François Amigorena, president and CEO at IS Decisions, a solutions provider specializing in securing internal user network access. The second is Greg Cullison, senior executive of Security, Suitability and Insider Threat Programs at Big Sky Associates, specialists in helping federal and commercial organizations mitigate threats. In this slideshow, Amigorena and Cullison discuss how understanding the role of insider threats is an important part in creating a culture of cybersecurity.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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