Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to significantly improve the ability of organizations to detect and prevent insider threats. Insider threats refer to the danger posed by individuals within an organization who have access to sensitive information and resources, and who may use that access for malicious purposes. This can include employees, contractors, and other individuals who have been granted access to an organization's systems and data. Insider threats can be particularly dangerous because they often go undetected until it is too late, as insiders have a level of trust and access that makes it easier for them to carry out their malicious activities without raising suspicion.

There are several types of insider threats, including malicious insiders, accidental insiders, and compromised insiders. Regardless of the type of insider threat, the consequences can be severe for organizations. Insider threats can lead to financial losses, damage to an organization's reputation, and even legal consequences. In some cases, insider threats can even pose a risk to public safety, as in the case of an employee who intentionally or unintentionally causes a safety incident at a nuclear power plant or an aviation facility.

To mitigate the risks posed by insider threats, organizations can use AI to monitor employee behavior and identify potential insider threats. AI algorithms can analyze data from a variety of sources, including employee emails, network activity logs, and access records, to identify patterns and anomalies that may indicate a potential insider threat. For example, an AI algorithm may identify an employee who is accessing a large amount of sensitive data and then attempting to exfiltrate it from the organization.

AI algorithms can also be trained to recognize specific behaviors that may be indicative of an insider threat, such as attempts to access restricted data or systems, or sudden changes in an employee's behavior or work patterns. By analyzing this data in real-time, AI algorithms can alert organizations to potential insider threats and allow them to take action to mitigate the risks. Overall, the use of AI to detect malicious insiders can be a powerful tool for organizations looking to protect themselves from the risks posed by insider threats. By continuously monitoring employee behavior and identifying potential threats, organizations can better protect themselves and their sensitive data from the dangers of malicious insiders.

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.