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9/6/2019
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Terry Sweeney
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8 Ways to Spot an Insider Threat

The good news is most insider threats derive from negligence, not malicious intent. The bad news is the frequency of negligence is already ahead of where it was in 2018.

Just Curious — Or Actively Resumé-Shopping?

Most employers retain the right to monitor their employees' online browsing history, and most employees understand their online activities may be scrutinized. But it's not always easy to ascertain which employees have one foot out the door. Many security pros agree it's smart to have a general sense of those who make regular visits to LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or CareerBuilder.

And this is where allies within the organization can help, according to Dtex's Burnell. "Find and identify stakeholders from across the business — from human resources and legal — stakeholders from all areas to prop up and address insider threats," she said.

Of course, checking job descriptions doesn't make someone a rogue or a threat. But if job-site visits are excessive or start to become long-term habits, it may be worth taking a fresh look at the privileges and permissions enjoyed by the job seeker. The last thing an organization wants is for a departing employee to carry off reams of proprietary data to another company (potentially a competitor) or use that data as leverage to land a new position.

(Image Source: Andrey Popov via Adobe Stock)

Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, ... View Full Bio

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