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Four Key Components of a Strong Insider Threat Management Strategy

June 22, 2023


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As discussed in the first and second posts of this series, insider threats present a complex and growing challenge for organizations. In this post, we’ll define the four key components of a robust insider threat mitigation strategy.

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Consistent education and training

One of the most crucial elements of insider threat mitigation is ensuring that employees understand the security policies and their role in keeping the organization’s data safe. Offer regular cybersecurity awareness training and role-based education, and ensure staff members are aware that their actions on corporate devices are monitored.

Adopting a coherent framework

Select a suitable framework that addresses your organization’s security, maturity, compliance requirements, budget, and resources. Frameworks like Zero Trust Architecture, the CISA Insider Threat Mitigation program, or the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can provide a structured approach to managing insider threats. Assess the viability of the chosen framework and implement it systematically.

Behavior-based detection

Use behavioral analysis tools to establish a baseline of normal activity and identify deviations, enabling security analysts to assess the risk associated with anomalous user activity.

Embracing detection and automation

Implement automated threat detection to identify unusual access patterns, compromised credentials, and large data uploads, supporting analysts’ decision-making and creating artifacts for short- and long-term security processes.


By focusing on consistent education and training, adopting a coherent framework, utilizing behavior-based detection, and embracing automation in threat detection, investigation and response (TDIR), organizations can create a comprehensive defense strategy against insider threats. Implementing these pillars can help protect your organization from the potential risks and damages posed by insider incidents.

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