It’s pretty clear by now that at least some of your remote workers will continue functioning that way for a while. With the new year approaching, this is a good time to review and update cybersecurity for insider threats.
Your workers don’t mean to let hackers in, but it happens. They fall for a phishing scheme or click on something in social media that opens the door to your data. But you can help with three steps:
- Conduct a comprehensive insider threat risk assessment. Use this to identify your most important data and systems, who has access to this information, and the security controls you have established to date. Realize that the potential for data loss increases every time you create and store new information, including resident and employee records. Focus on key risks and weaknesses to address.
- Put people at the center. The vast majority of cyberattacks require human interaction, so limit access to information just to what each person needs. Make sure your security technology can distinguish between malicious acts, accidental behavior, and cybercriminal attacks. Finally, involve key players from each department in choosing and upgrading your security program.
- Take a holistic approach to thwarting insider threats. Consider the impact of any solution on performance and workflow. Choose solutions that complement the tools your employees are already using and don’t add unnecessary burdens or steps.