Cybersecurity is no laughing matter, but the insider threat just might be the clown in your cyber circus. This is the rogue elephant that can wreak havoc on your systems, steal your data, and make you look like a fool in front of your customers and investors.

The insider threat comes in many forms: the disgruntled employee who takes revenge on the company, the careless worker who clicks on a phishing link, or the rogue IT guy who uses his privileged access for personal gain. Whatever the cause, the result is the same: chaos and confusion.

The first sign of an insider threat is usually a sudden drop in productivity. Your employees are too busy playing video games, checking their social media, or sneaking in a nap to do their work. Meanwhile, your data is disappearing into the great unknown, never to be seen again.

Next, you'll notice strange transactions appearing in your accounting system, and suddenly you'll have more money in the bank than you know what to do with. Or perhaps you'll find out that your confidential information has been leaked to your competitors. Either way, you'll be left scratching your head, wondering how it all happened.

Of course, the best way to deal with the insider threat is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This means investing in robust security measures, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and employee training programs. It also means monitoring your employees closely, to catch any signs of suspicious behavior.

But let's be honest: even the best security measures can be bypassed, and the most diligent monitoring can miss a thing or two. So, the key is to be prepared for the inevitable, and have a plan in place for dealing with the clown in your cyber circus.

The first step is to acknowledge the problem and take it seriously. Don't be afraid to seek outside help, whether it's from a cybersecurity consultant or your local police department. And, above all, don't let the insider threat make you look like a fool in front of your customers and investors. So, there you have it, folks: the insider threat, the clown in your cyber circus. Keep your eyes peeled, and remember to laugh at yourself every now and then. After all, it's the only way to keep your sanity in the world of cybersecurity.

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.