September 20, 2018 Sarvotarzan

What are insider threats & why insider threats are particularly dangerous for organizations?

Any functional organization is prone to threat attacks. These attacks can either be from within or from outside the organization. Attacks from within the organization are commonly referred to as insider threats. Insider threats can be very costly for an organization thus it is important to put in measures to avoid such an occurrence. In many instances, insider attackers target personal information stored in the organization which is later used for either financial or personal gain.

How can you guard your organization against such threats?

You need to have relevant data that will help predict with certainty the likelihood of an attack happening. That’s what user behavioral software is meant for. The software helps to collect data that gives an overview of how a typical user behaves. This data then assists in identifying unusual or suspicious behaviors. With such information, you can easily predict if there is a looming threat and take necessary precautions on time.

What is User and Entity Behavior Analytics Software?

User and Entity Behavior Analytics process about detection of insider threats, targeted attacks, and financial fraud. UBA solutions look at patterns of human behavior, devices, applications, servers, data, or anything with an IP address and then apply algorithms and statistical analysis to detect meaningful anomalies from those patterns anomalies that indicate potential threats. User and entity behavioral analytics (UEBA) technologies help detect malicious and abusive user activities that may otherwise go unnoticed.

User behavioral analytics software is a system that mainly focuses on user activities such as the launching of new apps, activities on your network, and any access to the stored files. The system checks on when the files were accessed, who accessed them, and what activity was carried on. It also monitors the frequency of access to the files.

The technology is also able to detect any pattern that portrays some suspicious behaviors be it from an insider or a hacker. Unfortunately, the technology is not able to stop attacks in your system but it can spot the activities and minimize any damage that would have been caused.

  1. Real-time alerts – This is a feature that enables the system to track user activities over a large population of files. The system is able to do this in real time such that any unauthorized access is detected immediately and the right measures are taken to avoid further damage to the affected files.
  2. Hacker detection algorithm – Any breach of data should be detected instantly and the right action taken there and then. This feature allows the system to work in real-time both in the detection of malpractices and decision making of the right action to take. It only takes a few seconds to copy sensitive data from a file once there is access. Thus the system should be able to react immediately and arrest any suspicious activity before it is too late.
  3. Process enormous user files and email activities – Sensitive data can easily spread out like a bush re especially if you are dealing with large volumes of files. By analyzing activities of different users across a large volume of data, the system should be able to look at key metadata and raise queries in case of any anomalies from the users.
  4. Access to granular files and email activities – In most instances, attackers are normally after data from emails and files. Having a system that is able to access activities from emails is much better as it will be able to arrest even the smartest hackers attacking your data. It should be able to keep historical data of your employees’ activities so as to accurately profile the user’s behavior. This will make it easy to detect if an unauthorized user has access to the employee’s account.

Some of the known User and Entity Behavior Analytics Softwares are as following:

Exabeam, Bay Dynamics, Cynet, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, HPE Security ArcSight, Content Square, Dtex Systems, Securonix, Gurucul Risk Analytics, Bottomline Technologies, LM WISDOM, ObserveIT, Niara, Interset, LightCyber, Fortscale, Rapid7, E8 Security, INTERLOCK, Preempt, StealthDEFEND, TRITON APX Suite.

If you need any assistance in selection & integration of UEBA software into your system, Team Sarvotarzan would be more than happy to help.

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Article Link: https://www.predictiveanalyticstoday.com/best-user-and-entity-behavior-analytics-software/

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