Most companies and organisations prioritize cybersecurity for themselves and their workers to keep perpetrators out. Unfortunately, sometimes your system may fail from within, trust is lost and data can be breached. Occasionally, there is a risk of somebody inside of your company exploiting your system to cause damage or steal information. This is a scary thought to any employer. Techinc is your IT partner ready to ensure your cybersecurity is impenetrable from the inside out. In this article, we discuss how IT consulting can protect your business from internal threats. 

Where are these internal threats coming from?

Often you’d imagine a threat being in the form of an attack by a jaded employee. But in reality,  this is rare. Threats are regularly caused by inexperienced employees who mean no harm. Employee negligence and ignorance can be the top cause of insider security threats. Let’s explore the difference between non-malicious and malicious threats:

Non-malicious threats

Insider threats are often caused by employees who are simply distracted, untrained or just unlucky. However, these threats can cause massive ramifications for a company. Reducing and abolishing this kind of threat can save a lot of time and money. Some of these non-malicious threats include: 

  • Unintentional data breach: sending to the wrong email address, not paying attention to classification or storing sensitive documents in the wrong place.
  • Pharming: accidentally going to a site that is redirected from the legitimate URL and built to look extremely similar (they may be redirected even if the URL is entered correctly).
  • Phishing: fake emails, text messages, websites created to look like it’s from a trusted sender (with the ability to steal personal information).
  • Malware: malicious software that infects your company’s computers. This includes viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, and adware.
  • Ransomware: malware that restricts access to your computer and demands payment for access (often comes through phishing emails with malicious attachments or popups).

Malicious threats

Although malicious threats are rarer, you still have to look out for them! Some threats can be purposeful. Employees can take advantage of their insider knowledge to commit intellectual property theft, fraud, and misuse of sensitive data. The reasons behind this can be complex but are often monetary. 

How can IT consulting services protect my business?

No matter whether you are just starting out or an established business, you need dependable IT security. These days, it would be extremely risky to leave your company’s network and systems defenceless. 

A knowledgeable third party meticulously combs your current network and data storage protocols to identify vulnerabilities. And they do this ahead of time before they lead to a security breach. If you have already suffered a security breach, contacting Techinc ASAP can help you identify what’s gone wrong and prevent insider threats from reoccurring in the future. 

Benefits of IT consulting services

Below are some of the benefits you can expect to receive from a reputable IT consulting service:

Identifies potential risks through assessment

IT consulting ensures the first step towards cyber security includes protecting your current IT infrastructure by identifying potential risks before they become major issues. Techinc can provide you with an executive summary that covers the scope of the project and its objectives. 

Preparation is key! Your IT consultant can help you prepare for every possible scenario. From there, they can provide you with creative and novel solutions to situations that involve insider threats. 

Compares current security with actual security needs

So, you’ve had your initial assessment that looks at your company’s current cybersecurity protocols. This allows for the identification of any gaps in your system’s security. Your IT consultant will summarize their findings and give you options and recommendations best suited to your business. 

Enhances employee accountability

No matter the protocols set in place by your IT consultant, preventing accidental or malicious threats can also relate to employees, so careful measures need implementing. Assigning responsibility to designated employees in case of a cybersecurity breach is important. Senior employees entrusted with cyber information can ensure investigations are speedy and effective. 

Your IT consultant will focus on intrusion detection, file monitoring, log management and tracking processes for data. IT consultants can help you track how you utilize your data throughout the workday. This ensures the identification of every small breach and a swift response.

Creates a safety culture

The key to maintaining a completely secure workplace is ensuring you create an atmosphere of trust and understanding amongst your employees. Employees need education as to why security policies are in place and how accidents happen. Explain to your employees that the ramifications of an IT mistake can be paramount to a company’s success. Make cybersecurity important to your employees through training and meetings to ensure they are well-aware of unintentional internal threats. 

IT Consulting at Techinc

Insider threats take place every day in the US, but you can help combat them relatively easily by planning for them. Technic is your IT consulting services provider. We offer unique and creative solutions by identifying risks in their infancy and bolstering your company’s defences for years to come.

Our team of experts is here to ensure your Denver business’s cyber security is tight. Contact us to find out more.