Why the greatest security threats come from inside the network—and how to stop them

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Jun 30

Jun 30

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If all your security is focused on outside threats, your customers' networks are still vulnerable

By now everyone is well aware of the fact that there are hundreds of cyberthreats out there, but what many fail to realize is that there’s an equal number of threats from inside the firewall.

How can you protect your customers' networks from these internal security threats?

It all starts with physical security.

Why? Because internal threats to your network are often the result of people who infiltrate your facility with the intention to steal your corporate data. It may sound like a spy novel, but it happens more often than you might think—especially if your physical security is particularly weak.

Restricted Access

To protect your network from infiltration by internal threats, be sure to have restricted access to your building so only badged employees can come and go. Make sure you also have physical security cameras in place—with audio—and a plan to back up and store security camera footage by date for later reference.

Escorts should accompany visitors to your building, especially if they’re repairing key systems like phone, internet, storage, etc.

Administrative access should be very strict and monitored often for integrity.

Truth be told, many organizations aren’t aware of how vulnerable their facilities are to internal security threats.

Rule of thumb

External drives or USB “thumb” and “flash” drives can be deadly to your customers’ IT infrastructure, so it’s important to leverage site information event management (SIEM) technology to monitor and control every access point in your entire network.

No phishing

Another big threat to internal security is when users click on phishing emails and introduce malware into your IT network. It is, without a doubt, the single biggest risk to every organization. This is why anti-phishing training and education are critical factors in IT security today.

The bottom line is: What you don’t know can really hurt you. So, if you really want to protect your customers from internal security threats, Ingram Micro Professional & Training Services team can help conduct an internal security assessment and provide testing to help uncover vulnerabilities and suggest security measures to keep their enterprise safe.

Start here

To find out more or to schedule an assessment, contact your Ingram Micro Professional & Training Services team today or Irma.Garcia@ingrammicro.com to learn more.

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