Insider Risk Management Software
What is Insider Risk Management Software?
Insider risk management software aids businesses in preventing the exfiltration of company data. While this category is sometimes referred to as insider threat detection or insider threat management, the terms differ slightly in meaning. Insider threat detection refers to the detection of malicious individuals within an organization who are intentionally taking sensitive data.
This sort of detection is certainly vital, but does not encompass the full scope of insider risk. Most of the time, data is leaked accidentally or unknowingly by employees who aren’t doing so maliciously. Insider risk management software is a more robust term that encompasses software that seeks out both the malicious insiders and those who accidentally leak sensitive data.
UBEA vs. DCAP
There are two distinct types of insider risk management software: those that monitor individual users and those that monitor data. While they differ in method, these software share the same end-goal and provide valuable insight into the exfiltration of information at a company. Some UBEA and DCAP tools are built for insider risk management, there are other use-cases for these products. Information provided here is an overview of UBEA and DCAP tools built for the insider risk management use-case.
User and entity behavior analytics is similar to employee monitoring software. However, employee monitoring software typically focuses on tracking employee’s productivity and ensuring that they’re working efficiently. Some of these software have built in security features, such as flagging when a user visits a suspicious or non-work related site. Insider risk management software does not have the productivity tracking measures and has a far more robust suite of security tools than an employee monitoring software. UEBA tools go beyond monitoring solely user behavior to monitor behaviors of entities such as routers and servers to provide more complete and security-oriented solutions.
Insider risk management tools that utilize data-centric audit protection do not monitor users day to day, rather they monitor the patterns of data movement throughout a company. For example, a data monitoring software would send an alert if there was a large amount of data uploaded to a private cloud. These tools have the ability to assist with in depth investigations of an individual should suspicious activity be noted.
Insider Risk Management Software Features
The products in the insider risk management category vary in methods and features. However, they all share the same end-goal of helping businesses identify instances of both accidental and malicious data loss. There are some common features that you should look for across these products:
- Risk exposure notification
- Real-time alerting
- Historical activity logs
- Forensic searches
- User profiles
- Assists in maintaining compliance
- Centralized remediation
- Data exfiltration detection
Insider Risk Management Software Comparison
User vs Data Monitoring: A user monitoring system typically requires more employee time to monitor. As such, these systems are well suited for larger enterprises with the time and resources required to manage these systems. Small businesses and mid-market companies may find a data monitoring solution fits their needs, as it is a largely automated process that only requires investigation into individual employees should suspicious activity be noted.
Integrations: Most insider risk management tools do not provide a full suite of security services. As such, it’s vital that your insider risk management software integrate seamlessly with your remaining security tools, particularly if you use Cloud Access Security Brokers and Data Loss Prevention software.
Use Case: Products vary in their area of expertise. Some products focus on protection and monitoring in data centers, while others monitor endpoints. Further, some products focus on larger cloud solutions such as AWS and Azure, while others specialize in protecting data stored in Google Drive or Dropbox. Many products have features that enhance security for companies with remote workers. Ensure you’re selecting a product with a feature set that’s tailored to your specific needs.
Pricing for insider risk management products is customized based on the type of solution selected and size of your business. Pricing is generally based on quantity of data and users monitored. Basic solutions start at around $800/month for 50 users.
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