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Cybersecurity Breaches Caused by Insiders: Types, Consequences, and Ways to Prevent Them

Security incidents are often hard to detect and tend to go unnoticed for far too long. They’re also time-consuming to investigate, since gathering evidence and correlating facts may take months or even years. For instance, the graphic design website Canva became aware of the theft of user credentials for almost a million accounts only seven months after the actual incident. That’s why it’s better to put your effort into preventing incidents rather than handling their consequences.

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How to Pass IT Compliance Audit

IT compliance requirements are designed to help companies enhance their cybersecurity and integrate top-level protection into their workflows. But passing an IT security audit can be challenging. Complex requirements, constant changes in standards and laws, and audit processes, and a high number of required security procedures are the key challenges of maintaining compliance. The way out is with careful preparation and smart planning.

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4 Steps to Ensuring Efficient Cybersecurity Monitoring in US Educational Institutions

Education is a strictly regulated industry in which robust cybersecurity protection is a must. Data breaches can cost a fortune for schools and universities, since the loss of students’ personal information and other critical data brings reputational damage alongside fines for regulatory non-compliance. In the US in 2019 there were 348 publicly disclosed K-12 school-related cybersecurity incidents — triple the number in 2018.

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How Escalating Privileges Can Shake your Enterprise Security

Privileged access rights are the gateway to critical systems and data. Providing users with elevated privileges is a standard practice, as employees sometimes need access to sensitive data to perform their jobs. At the same time, there’s always a risk of privilege misuse with the aim of industrial espionage or cyberattacks.

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7 Best Practices for Banking and Financial Cybersecurity Compliance

Data is money and power. And the more valuable the data, the greater the power it provides. This is why financial institutions such as banks, loan services, investment and credit unions, and brokerage firms have always been targeted by cybercriminals. Unfortunately, the financial sector was the industry that suffered the second most data breaches in 2019, surpassed only by the healthcare industry.

How To Build An Insider Threat Program

A functional insider threat program is a core part of any modern cybersecurity strategy. Having controls in place to prevent, detect, and remediate insider attacks and inadvertent data leaks is a necessity for any organization that strives to protect its sensitive data. A functional insider threat program is required by lots of regulations worldwide. For example, NISPOM Change 2 makes it obligatory for any subcontractor working with the US Department of Defense to implement an insider threat program. However, designing an insider threat program that is both effective and efficient can be hard.

5 Levels Of User Behavior Monitoring

User behavior monitoring is a new approach to insider threat prevention and detection. A lot of companies include a user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) solution in their insider threat program. Implementing such a program is obligatory to comply with a lot of industry standards (e.g. NIST, HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.). However, each company is free to use any insider threat prevention tool that meets their needs.

How To Protect An Enterprise Database From An Admin

A system administrator is essential for almost any organization. Whether they're an in-house employee or a subcontractor, a system administrator plays a huge role in keeping your business operating continuously and smoothly and keeping it compliant with enterprise data protection requirements. System administrators have full control over the ins and outs of your database and, in many cases, over its underlying physical infrastructure. That's why you need to pay close attention to an admin's actions in order to protect a database. In this article, we discuss best practices and tools to do that.
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8 Best Practices of Privileged User Monitoring

Privileged users are an essential part of any organization. They know all the biggest company secrets and have access to the most vulnerable parts of the corporate network. At the same time, the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF] names privilege abuse as the leading cause of data breaches within the category of misuse. The more privileges are assigned to a user, the closer they should be monitored.

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Increase Employee Productivity with User Activity Monitoring

High employee productivity is vital for your business’s success. Yet only 34% of US employees are engaged with their work (and 13% are actively disengaged) according to a 2018 poll by Gallup. But the productivity of even the most engaged employees tends to decrease over time. Workers require constant support to stay productive. This is especially important when dealing with remote employees, as they aren’t within their manager’s eyesight and have lots of domestic distractions.