At the risk of potentially alienating a high-demand workforce that potentially can jump to a new company for seemingly minor perks such as company-paid cafeterias or flex time with little oversight, CISOs today find themselves with a challenge. In order to protect their corporations against data breach from internal and external sources, CISOs have a tool that is effective at identifying breaches but some employees might find a bit too intrusive: analytics. The move to analytics-based security —  be it behavioral, threat intelligence, big data, or one of a myriad of other analytics technologies — could be interpreted as Big Brother watching over the employees.

The potential damage that an insider attack can inflict on a business is massive, a reality that prompted some enterprises to use analytics, keystroke capture, and digital video to track insiders. But are the risks of a company alienating its employees and contractors worth it? Are analytics even an effective means of neutralizing insider threats?

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