There are several steps that organizations can take to protect themselves from data loss by employees:

  • Implement strong security protocols: Establishing clear guidelines for employees to follow when handling sensitive data can help prevent data loss due to accidental or intentional actions. This can include training employees on proper security practices, such as not sharing passwords or leaving devices unlocked.
  • Implement access controls: Implementing access controls can help limit the amount of sensitive data that is accessible to employees. This can include using role-based access controls to only give employees access to the data they need to do their job, and implementing multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to systems and data.
  • Conduct regular audits: Regularly reviewing and monitoring employee access to sensitive data can help identify any potential data loss risks. This can include conducting regular audits of employee access to data and systems, as well as monitoring for unusual activity that may indicate a potential data loss risk.
  • Implement data loss prevention (DLP) tools: DLP tools can help organizations prevent data loss by automatically detecting and blocking the unauthorized transfer of sensitive data. These tools can be configured to monitor for specific types of data, such as financial information or customer records, and can alert administrators if any attempts are made to access or transfer this data.
  • Train employees on data security: Providing employees with regular training on data security best practices can help ensure that they are aware of the importance of protecting sensitive data and are better equipped to prevent data loss. This can include training on topics such as identifying and avoiding phishing attacks, the importance of strong passwords, and the consequences of failing to follow security protocols.

Overall, protecting an organization from data loss by employees requires a combination of strong security protocols, access controls, regular monitoring, and employee training. By taking these steps, organizations can better protect themselves and their sensitive data from the risks of insider threat.

Christopher McNaughton

Strategic Advisor, ShadowSight

Who is Christopher McNaughton

Chris is a proficient problem solver with a strategic aptitude for anticipating and addressing potential business issues, particularly in areas such as Insider Threat, Data Governance, Digital Forensics, Workplace Investigations, and Cyber Security. He thrives on turning intricate challenges into opportunities for increased efficiency, offering pragmatic solutions derived from a practical and realistic approach.

Starting his career as a law enforcement Detective, Chris transitioned to multinational organisations where he specialised and excelled in Cyber Security, proving his authority in the field. Even under demanding circumstances, his commitment to delivering exceptional results remains unwavering, underpinned by his extraordinary ability to understand both cyber and business problems swiftly, along with a deep emphasis on active listening.

What is ShadowSight

ShadowSight is an innovative insider risk staff monitoring tool that proactively guards your business against internal threats and safeguards vital data from unauthorised access and malicious activities. We offer a seamless integration with your current systems, boosting regulatory compliance while providing unparalleled visibility into non-compliant activities to reinforce a secure digital environment. By prioritising actionable intelligence, ShadowSight not only mitigates insider threats but also fosters a culture of proactive risk management, significantly simplifying your compliance process without the overwhelming burden of false positives.