Zero Trust and Insider Threats: Was Brutus the Original Bad Actor?

Zero Trust and Insider Threats: Was Brutus the Original Bad Actor?

Insider threats have been a problem for as long as there have been insiders. What’s changed over time? Well, for one, Brutus and his conspirators didn’t exactly leave a trail of logs and flows when they plotted against Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic. Fast forward 2,000 years, and there’s a good news/bad news update to this story. The bad news is the growth of the scope and impact of insider threats. The good news is that, with the right solution, we can detect and respond to them. One way to protect against insider threats is with a zero trust solution.

Just as Caesar was surprised by his friend’s betrayal (Et tu, Brute?), today’s insider threats are equally hard to detect when there’s no insight or context around user behavior. Security analysts need solutions that spot strange behavior, uncover hidden threats and respond to incidents faster and more efficiently. A zero trust framework helps by never assuming a user should gain access.

The Rise of Insider Threats

According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2020 Cost of Insider Threats Global Report, the frequency of insider threats has increased 47% since 2018. Now add a pandemic, the rise of remote work and workloads migrating to the cloud faster. With this business context, insider threats will continue to grow at pace with the increasing scope of users, endpoints, data and apps. It’s helpful to think about data access from the perspective of zero trust: the smaller the attack surface, the less likely an attack ..

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