Internal Theft Of Data - How Organizations Can Protect Themselves

Internal theft of data happens when a worker willingly chooses to take an organization‘s private data, such as client contact records, social security numbers, credit card information, and so forth. For many organizations, internal theft slips easily and more often, they don't understand the worker has left with this data.

Employees doing internal theft of data is just the same old thing and internal theft is a developing issue that most organizations are poorly prepared to deal with. There can be numerous factors why they will be unable to have an adequate response to internal theft, but the most common reasons are they are working under the assumption that they have enough security controls, like firewalls and web filtering appliance set up to mitigate employee internal theft.

There is a misinformation that a firewall blocking malicious activity trying to get inside the network is sufficient coverage to avoid internal theft. These appliances will just keep attacks from external sources, but this won't ensure data when a worker chooses to email a database file to a competitor, or tosses a USB stick in the port and begins adding files that belong to the organization. It‘s also noteworthy to understand that hardware appliance only shields from internal theft inside the perimeter. When you consider remote workers that have access to data, a substantial hole in coverage is generally overlooked.

Internal Theft

There is nothing wrong with having trust in workers making the best decision, but it should not imply that an organization should let their guard down and be vulnerable to internal theft. It is recommended to be transparent with employees and clarify the organization must always ensure the data and their activities will be recorded in order to provide a protected environment for the data that is used inside the organization. Just by explaining to workers this organization policy should deter a lot of malicious activity like internal theft, but not implementing software to secure the data should not be ignored because transparency and trust won't ensure the data.

Unless you have a cybersecurity team in place, most organizations do not really understand that there are tools available that are particularly designed to identify and avoid employee internal theft. Organizations live in a reactive state, which means, they already had the unfortunate knowledge of an employee stealing data and at exactly that point do they consider internal theft seriously enough to prevent it from happening again.

Observing employee action is not as difficult as organizations may think. Comodo Dome Data Protection, for instance, will record all employee activity and prevent them from sending files by means of email or USB drives.

However, some data loss prevention software providers offer all-in-one solutions, while other data loss prevention solution suites comprise several modules, which can be purchased independently.

Comodo Dome Data Protection is a strong all-in-one data loss prevention technology providing a comprehensive, easy-to-manage, cost-effective solution that counteracts data loss for any user on any device, in any location. Comodo Data Protection guarantees that you meet the majority of your information security, data privacy, and regulatory requirements.

Monitor all web-bound web and email content, including SSL-encrypted traffic, to identify delicate or unauthorized data trying to leave your organization. You‘re also insured against localized information leakage through USB drives, screenshots, clipboards, and printing of documents. Integration capabilities are Microsoft Active Directory (enables you to use domain users and groups in policies), Database Servers (SQL databases or JDBC-supporting data sources), Syslog, HP ArcSight, and other log collection, correlation systems.

Adaptable, versatile and centralized, Comodo Dome Data Protection has all of the features you‘ll require in a data loss prevention technology. Comodo Dome Data Protection integrates with a wide range of proxy servers or content delivery gateways using the ICAP protocol.

Comodo Dome Data Protection records and stores all policy violation content and files or quarantines copies of files, documents, messages, or content identified with the incident.

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