Do you consider launching comprehensive monitoring of your internal business processes and even reinvent business continuity management strategy but aren’t sure you want to delve into risk management program and hire extra staff, assign your specialists to the new job and purchase the system to integrate it with your business architecture and implement all the control? If you do – read and learn how to establish a smoothly supervized workflow and not to the detriment of your primary activities.
Our information security services are an opportunity to ensure comprehensive protection from external and internal threats with the help of a professional who specializes in risk evaluation, mitigation and regulatory compliance. Our colleague, security analyst, evaluates staff-related business risks, analyzes user activity within a system, and controls productivity implementing employee monitoring software and time tracking software toolset. All these measures help you prevent data leaks, fraud, sabotage and other incidents.
A specialist configures the system in accordance with the client’s tasks: a client is given maximum powers and responsibility in the system; when an incident is discovered, a specialist contacts a client (as agreed). A specialist provides a client with incident reports within a specified period of time (daily/weekly/monthly): a client can work with the software alongside a specialist or autonomously; a client can point out tasks which are to be solved by a specialist.
Any small, medium or large business can apply for the information security service. And for small and mid-size enterprises it is probably the only way to solve information security issue.
How do you benefit from applying to our services?
1. A company has no internal threat mitigation tools installed, and no SOC or risk management department in place, but the need to protect data is urgent (50+ PCs, operations on personal data, competitive market – companies might get their trade secrets and customer databases stolen).
2. A company has a security department, but it is responsible for physical and financial audit, and data protection remains an issue.
3. A company has a solution installed but has no staff to implement the risk management program. Learn more about the services and the cloud deployment model.
Incidents discovered by our clients during the services trial:
Data leak attempt 34%. Job search 21%. Discussing colleagues and management 15%. Second job 7%. Antisocial behavior 6%. Kickbacks 4%. Unproductive work 2%. Influencing actions and decisions 2%. Side business 1%. Theft 1%.
How to launch the process?
1. Prepare your system for the external access. A specialist has to access a corporate system in order to configure the solution and search for incidents. All specialist’s activities get logged, documents between a contractor and a company (or a third party contractor) is signed – the package includes a non-disclosure agreement. Besides, the information security services provider risk’s its reputation in case a supplier is to blame for a customer database leak.
What gets leaked?
Information about clients and deals 23%. Technical information 23%. Accounting documents 14%. Financial documents (financial analysis, financial models) 9%. Purchase details 9%. Agreements 9%. Personal data 1%. Other 14%.
Even for an experienced specialist a client company is a terra incognita. Provide the analysts with details to shorten introduction time and facilitate integration. What should be given: the list of employees whose computers will be monitored by the professionals (to assess user activity adequately, for example, a Deputy CEO can read the accounting documentation, but a supply manager can’t); the list of remote employees (managing remote employees is an issue, they should be monitored in the first place, because they have access to corporate data, but are out of sight); the list of email domains (to monitor inbound and outbound email); email domains of competitors (to monitor communication between colleagues); job descriptions (to understand business processes), etc.
This information is sufficient for detection of typical incidents. Besides, specific tasks are to be set to allow the analyst to have a grasp of an issue and use as much knowledge as it is required. Discuss with the specialist the subtleties in your employees’ work. An honest talk will let you determine which violation should be considered an incident, evaluate the level of criticality and promptly solve the situation.
Case studies from our clients:
1. The company relocated its remote employee from an IT department to work in the office. A drop in productivity was observed soon after the staffer’s transfer. The manager asked the head of the department if there was a problem but received no informative response. The internal threat mitigation instruments helped to analyze the employee’s correspondence. It was discovered that a conflict erupted between employees who wouldn’t communicate with each other properly during work hours. The IT specialist was placed to work remotely, and the cooperation improved.
2. Eight employees launched a side business and supplied raw materials to their employer on favorable terms. Among violators there appeared to be a Chief Information Security Officer. The violation was detected by a specialist providing information security service. One of the staffers received an email which listed currently working and former employees as the supplier’s representatives. The employee sent job descriptions, which the violators would use for their side business, in response to the email. Some of the employees were fired, some – fined.
3. A regional manager at an industrial company and her subordinate were accepting bribes during 12 years. The money has increased in value up to tens of millions as the manager closed major deals. Audio recording, enabled by monitoring configuration, helped to detect an incident – the subordinate was discussing the business at the workplace. After all the bargains were examined it was discovered that they earned 10% of the final value. Both were fired.
1. Choose a person in charge. An analyst implementing the program for your company will need a curator from your company to cooperate – it can be some employee who will stay in contact with an analyst and make decisions regarding the detected violations. A curator will have a privileged access to the computer monitoring software and can even work with it independently. The job should be assigned to a responsible and loyal employee who is trustable enough to access the company’s corporate secrets. Ideally, this is a Chief Security Officer or a business owner. The former knows where the company’s weak spots are and can improve the workflow. The latter loses money in case an incident occurs, therefore approaches data security seriously.
2. Agree on urgent communication and regular reports. Efficiency is important in information security, that’s why it is better to decide where, when and to whom a specialist will send information. For urgent issues for discussion between a curator and a specialist – and an executive If required – a phone or a messenger should be used. Besides incident prompt notifications which require quick intervention, a specialist sends a detailed report to a curator. The report described all the incidents (major and minor ones). The reporting frequency and addresses should be discussed in advance. If a company takes under control 100 PCs, the first report can be requested after 7-10 days of the services usage. And if 500 PCs are controlled, the report can be requested once a month. It is enough time for a specialist to collect the needed information in each department and each PC.
3. Sort out the incidents. A specialist’s responsibility comprises processes from a solution integration to a detailed incident report. A specialist providing services can point at the most critical violations and recommend measures to take. But decision making is a curator’s and executive’s responsibility.
Information security services are a good option for companies which have no time and no sufficient resources to arrange in-house security. Such an approach requires serious attention from both sides, but the results are worth cooperating to obtain them. An industrial company applied to the services trial, during which small and large-scale incidents involving 300 out of 360 employees were detected.
How to mitigate data breach consequences effectively:
Reports present the actual situation in a company: who is productive, and who only pretends to work, who holds tenders fairly and who accepts bribes
Being in possession of information it is easier to conduct a correct and efficient decision making
The quality of incidents should be the focus of evaluation - one thing is to spend half an hour in social media, and the other thing is to accept $* million bribes