Threat Management, Risk Identification/Classification/Mitigation, Data Security, Threat Management, Threat Management

Insider Threat Management – Detect and Respond to Data Exfiltration

This post was authored by Matt Alderman, CEO of Security Weekly.

As the perimeter shifts to the user and application, traditional network-based data loss prevention solutions are no longer effective. There is no longer a central network egress point to control the flow of data, as users, and the applications they access, are now distributed across the Internet. We need to rethink how we detect and respond to data exfiltration in this new distributed world.

Let’s start with your employees. Employees are now mobile. They connect from the office, their home, and even airports and coffee shops. They are accessing data in your data center, in the cloud, and via SaaS-based applications. The same holds true for your third-party contractors. Trying to centralize all the communications and access through a central point is cumbersome, frustrating, and costly. However, how do you know if they are exfiltrating data?

ObserveIT moves insider threat management from the network to the endpoint, monitoring user activity from data captured on UNIX/Linux, Windows, and Mac endpoints for both employees and third-party contractors. With ObserveIT’s user session monitoring tools, you can be alerted to any potential breach of policy, and have a complete record of what transpired, how, when, and by whom. How does it work?

  • ObserveIT’s software agents monitor and capture key data about insider threats. ObserveIT records user sessions (including screen, mouse, and keyboard activity, as well as local and remote logins) and transmits captured data to a dashboard in real time.
  • ObserveIT’s dashboard serves as the primary work space, enabling you to detect insider threats, investigate anomalies, educate users, and protect privacy.
  • ObserveIT simplifies and streamlines the investigation process by providing detailed visual captures, precise activity trails, and metadata from your users, enabling a quick and thorough response to insider threat incidents.

In a highly distributed world, you must continuously monitor all user activity to effectively detect and prevent insider threats. The network is no longer the best option. With ObserveIT, your organization can swiftly identify and eliminate risk by monitoring user activity directly from the endpoints. To learn more, visit or view their on-demand webcast, The Insider’s Motive: Defending Against the 7 Most Common Insider Threats.

Matt Alderman

Chief Product Officer at CyberSaint, start-up advisor, and wizard of entrepreneurship.

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