The much publicized hackings of Anthem, Sony and Target – the biggest retail hack in U.S. history – have demonstrated that no matter how robust your perimeter security, cybercriminals will, or already have, gained access to your network. Cyber defense, therefore, is not just about preventing access to your network. It must also focus on detecting malicious activities from within your network and preventing data being stolen from your network.

While external, highly sophisticated threats are certainly grabbing headlines, the weakest link within an organization is often the human element. As a result, insider threats are still a major source of security breaches.

More companies are recognizing these threats from within. A survey reported in CU Times earlier in the year revealed that many credit unions have significant security concerns about insider threats. Eighty-three percent of surveyed institutions said their biggest worry was confidential information being transferred to unauthorized recipients, with just more than half concerned about sensitive data being transferred.

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