Diligent Management of Cybersecurity
Managing insider threat is critical to a robust cybersecurity posture. A key part of that is having the tools to know what your people are doing. Let’s talk about the benefits of user access management, access control, session management, and encryption in terms of mitigating the human element’s impact.
Multi-factor authentication is a cybersecurity best practice for user access management (especially now with remote and hybrid work environments). You don’t want to create too much friction for your users, yet appropriately authenticating and re-authenticating both users and their devices can cut risks. The bad actor might buy usernames and passwords on the dark web, or gain them via social engineering, but they can’t get in as easily without access to the compromised individual’s devices too or a multi-factor bypass vulnerability.
With access control, configuring role-based authorization supports the security principle of least privileged access. A least privilege access approach puts rules in place which limit the users’ access to only those applications, data, and assets necessary to getting their job done. This can help mitigate the damage done if that user’s account is compromised, since impact would be better contained.
Next, session management balances usability and security. With the right tools, administrators can:
- Quickly expire administrator sessions regardless of client
- See all sessions currently logged in and their origin
- Forcibly disconnect unrecognizable connections or those associated with malicious activity
Encryption is yet another solution that can be leveraged to reduce human threats. Having end-to-end encryption throughout the system stack (e.g., hardware, operating system, files and data, networking) reduces the threat of:
- Data accessed from stolen hard drives
- Theft of online data files containing confidential information
- Sensitive data being exfiltrated through the network
It is therefore best, of course, to encrypt data at rest and in transit.