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CurrentWare’s Insider Threat Detection & Prevention Solutions
Detect Suspicious Activity With User Activity Monitoring
The CurrentWare Suite includes several employee monitoring solutions to track employee behavior for potential insider threat indicators.
- Detect Risky Activity: Monitor user behavior for suspicious activity with built-in alerts, reports, and dashboards
- Audit Logs: Historical activity logs of login/logout times, internet use, USB activity, and software usage give organizations the data they need to detect insider threats
- Data Movement: Get alerts of potential data exfiltration to removable media devices by individual users
Stop Insider Threats Before They Happen
Don’t just detect potential insider threats—prevent malicious activity from happening in the first place. Lock down user accounts with CurrentWare to proactively prevent threats to sensitive data.
- Cloud DLP: Block websites and apps to prevent insider threats from accessing unauthorized cloud storage providers and other data egress points
- Block USB: Stop insider threats from transferring company data to unauthorized USB storage devices
- Restrict Data Transfers: Block file transfers to portable storage devices based on file extension and file name
Monitor USB Activity for Suspicious and High-Risk Behavior
Unmanaged portable storage devices are a nightmare for security teams. CurrentWare’s user activity monitoring and USB restriction tools ensure that organizations detect and prevent this common insider threat risk.
- Detect Malicious Insider Threats: Receive real time email alerts when employees violate your USB security policies
- Data Monitoring: Audit file operations reports to see what company data has been copied, created, deleted, or renamed on removable media devices
- Data Breach Investigation: Review user activity reports and dashboards to trace data breaches back to their source
Central Console For Scalable Insider Threat Management
Implement insider threat management policies from a central location. Easily monitor and control your entire workforce from the convenience of a web browser.
- Remote Management: Monitor & control each managed endpoint device from a central management console
- Granular Policies: Place users/PCs in their own policy groups to apply a unique security policy to them
- Active Directory: Integrate with Active Directory to import & sync your existing Organizational Units to the CurrentWare Console
The Critical Role of Insider Threat Management
70% of intellectual property theft occurs within the 90 days before an employee’s resignation announcement.1
Without insider threat management measures in place, stealing sensitive files is as simple as a transfer to a USB flash drive.
Insider threat incidents that took 90+ days to contain cost organizations an average of $17.19 million per year.2
User activity data is essential to detect insider threats and solve issues before they can escalate their attacks.
20% of data breaches from 2020-2021 involved trusted internal actors such as employees and contractors.3
Insider threat management tools offer the protection and detection features you need to prevent data breaches.
How to Improve Data Security With CurrentWare
The CurrentWare Suite provides critical security controls for protecting your network, endpoints, and sensitive data against a variety of high-risk activities.
Block & Audit Removable Storage Devices
Control who can use portable storage devices and set USB security policies to limit what devices are allowed. Monitor data transfers and other file operations to removable media to ensure that your data security policies are being followed.
Prevent Data Loss to Cloud Platforms
Use web filtering and application blocking policies to stop unauthorized cloud storage use. Protect sensitive corporate data from being uploaded to unsanctioned file sharing sites.
Audit User Activity for Insider Threat Risks
Monitor employee computer usage for signs of insider threats. Track removable data storage usage, web browsing, app use, and login/logout times for high-risk, anomalous, or inappropriate activity. Receive automated alerts straight to your inbox when specific events occur.
Block Data Transfers to Removable Media
Go beyond simply blocking unauthorized USB devices; ensure optimal data protection with your trusted devices, too. Block file transfers to portable storage devices based on file extension and file name.
Block High-Risk Network Ports
Block unused TCP/UDP ports to reduce the attack surface of your network. Improve data protection by mitigating the threat of data leakage over FTP, SFTP, IRC, and other high-risk network ports.
Block Risky Sites
BrowseControl’s web content category filtering database provides you with a convenient way to block millions of websites across over 100 URL categories. Easily block users from accessing social media, porn, games, known virus-infected websites, and more!
Viking Yachts Protects Sensitive Information From a Departing Employee
“CurrentWare saved us a lot of time and money. If we didn’t have AccessPatrol we would have never known what was going on. I cannot thank all of you enough for this software.”
Flexible Deployment Options
On-Premises | Remote Workers | Self-Managed Cloud Platforms
When you use CurrentWare products the data you collect remains solely in your control, giving you the flexibility to decide where data is stored and for how long. Your employee’s data cannot be accessed by CurrentWare.
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Deploy the Software
Install the Console & Server on a computer, server, or a cloud platform of your choice. Then deploy the Clients to your users’ computers.
Manage your Users
Organize your PCs/Users into custom policy groups. Get advanced awareness & control over how technology is used in your organization.
Get Advanced Activity Insights
BrowseReporter is a versatile employee monitoring software to track productivity and efficiency.
- Make informed decisions
- Enforce company policies
- Improve productivity
Block Dangerous & Unwanted Sites
BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.
- Block URLs & categories
- Block unwanted apps
- Website allow & block lists
Stop Data Theft to USB Devices
AccessPatrol is USB control software to protect sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.
- Block USB devices
- USB file activity alerts
- Block file transfers
Remotely Control PC Power States
enPowerManager is a remote PC power manager for centrally managing power settings across all endpoints.
- Track logon and logoff times
- Log PC power event history
- Remotely shutdown PCs
The reporting feature offers accurate insights on internet activities in order to ensure compliance & organization policies are met. The offsite management feature makes it easy to monitor those working from home.
Carroline Achieng O., Sales Consultant
Absa Life Assurance, 10,001+ Employees
We have experienced data leaks by dishonest employees in the past and AccessPatrol has helped us avoid them and work with greater security and peace of mind for us and our customers.
Julio V., Head of Information Technology
Financial Services Industry, 10,001+ employees
As a 'novice' I was able to set up with help from support in about an hour. Previous software took forever and didn't work as advertised. This software worked right out of the box.
Dr. Gerard B, Office Manager
The software actually does what was advertised and the support is great! We were able to have the software up and running on the same day with no issues or even a call/email to their support.
Ken W, IT Manager
How to Keep Data Safe When Offboarding Employees
70% of intellectual property theft occurs within 90 days of an employee’s resignation.
Are you concerned about the damage a terminated employee could cause with access to sensitive corporate information, account passwords, and other proprietary data?
Follow these best practices to protect your data security when offboarding employees.
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Insider Threat Detection & Prevention Resources
The Top 5 Signs of an Insider Threat
Learn the top indicators of an insider threat so you can identify potential threats before they can cause severe damage to your organization.
Tips for Preventing Insider Data Theft
Follow these tips to protect your company’s sensitive data against theft, misuse, and loss from malicious and negligent insider threats.
Tips for Offboarding Employees
Concerned about the damage a soon-to-be-ex-employee could cause with access to sensitive information? Follow these tips.
Examples of Data Theft by Employees
These notorious examples of employee data theft demonstrate the devastating effects that a data breach can have.
5 Corporate Espionage Cases
These corporate espionage cases highlight the lengths that organizations will go to to maintain an advantage over competitors.
The Top 7 Data Exfiltration Risks
This article will teach you how to prevent data exfiltration by addressing the most common techniques used.
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Insider Threat Detection & Prevention FAQ
Can I Use Your Insider Threat Prevention Software With Remote Workers?
Yes. CurrentWare’s insider threat prevention tools support a variety of deployment options that allow you to control USB devices, block websites, and monitor user activity no matter where they are.
To learn more about using CurrentWare with remote workers, visit this article:
Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?
The free trial of our data loss prevention software is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate the best data loss prevention software for your organization, reach out to our support team.
Will My Employees Know They Are Being Monitored?
As with any CurrentWare Suite product, your organization is in control of how visible the data loss prevention software is.
The CurrentWare software client operates in stealth mode by default.
In stealth mode, the CurrentWare software client is not visible in the system tray or control panel of the user’s computer. Your users will not be able to uninstall the program or stop it without administrator privileges.
If you would like your users to be aware that they are being monitored, you can choose to show the CurrentWare software client in their system tray by enabling it in the client software settings.
AccessPatrol does not disclose when its USB activity monitoring feature is active. When your employees attempt to use an unauthorized USB device they can be presented with an optional warning message.
When BrowseControl blocks a website you can choose to show a warning message, redirect to another website, or simply have the connection fail.
When monitoring user activity with BrowseReporter you can choose to enable the End-User Reports feature to provide users with access to their activity data. You can also display optional notifications that periodically remind them that they are being monitored.
Does CurrentWare Have Access to Employee Data?
No, CurrentWare cannot access your employee’s computer monitoring data. CurrentWare’s software does not send your user’s computer usage data to CurrentWare. They are installed and managed by your organization.
With CurrentWare’s on-premises & self-managed cloud deployment options, you’re in complete control of your data.
- Sensitive employee data stays secured to your standards rather than being sent to a third party.
- Maintain data localization and residency compliance requirements by keeping employee data exactly where it needs to be.
- Retain auditable records of user activity for as long as you need
For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.
Can I Set Unique Device Restrictions for Different Computers or Users?
Yes. You can assign unique security policies for each computer, user, department, or other organizational unit (OU) in your company.
To do this, CurrentWare allows you to create group folders with separate policies. This feature is perfect for restricting users while providing greater access for trusted administrators.
In terms of device control, you can also use the access code generator to temporarily grant access to all peripherals or use the device scheduler to automatically allow/block devices at specific times.
Can I Block Specific File Types from Being Transferred?
Yes. CurrentWare has the ability to prevent your end-users from copying specific files to their storage devices. These file transfer restrictions can be configured based on the file name or file extension.
The file transfer blocking feature can also be used on devices that are on the Allowed List. This lets you provide access to company-authorized USB devices while still protecting the sensitive data in your network against exfiltration to portable storage hardware.
Is This a Cloud Product?
How is the CurrentWare Suite Secured?
CurrentWare is committed to the security of its platform, its users and their data.
- All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s solutions is stored in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider; the data is not sent to CurrentWare.
- The web console cannot be accessed without a username and password. For an added layer of authentication security you can enable two-factor authentication.
- You can selectively enable/disable what data is tracked and delete old records automatically.
For a complete overview of the security measures that CurrentWare has in place, check out the CurrentWare platform security overview page.
What Peripheral Devices Can CurrentWare Control?
In addition to USB device control, CurrentWare’s data loss prevention tool AccessPatrol allows you to control the following peripheral devices on your users’ computers.
|Devices You Can Control||Device Access Permissions|
|USB||Full / Read only / No access|
|DVD /CD||Full / Read only / No access|
|Floppy||Full / Read only / No access|
|Tape||Full / Read only / No access|
|External Hard drive||Full / Read only / No access|
|Firewire||Full / Read only / No access|
|SD Card||Full / Read only / No access|
|MM Card||Full / Read only / No access|
|Bluetooth Devices||Full / Audio Only/ No access|
|Infrared||Full / No access|
|Wifi||Full / No access|
|Serial||Full / No access|
|Parallel||Full / No access|
|Scanners||Full / No access|
|Cameras, Webcams & Others||Full / No access|
|Printers||Full / No access|
|USB Ethernet Adapter||Full / No access|
|Sound Cards||Full / No access|
|Portable Devices (iPhones, Mobile Devices)||Full / No access|
|Network Share||Full / No access|
Learn More: USB control with AccessPatrol
What is an Insider Threat?
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines an insider threat as “the potential for an insider to use their authorized access or understanding of an organization to harm that organization. This harm can include malicious, complacent, or unintentional acts that negatively affect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the organization, its data, personnel, or facilities.“
The term insider refers to employees, contractors, and other trusted individuals that have intimate access to and knowledge of an organization’s systems.
While external threats such as malware and cybercriminals are a threat to sensitive information, insider attacks are especially devastating due to the level of internal access they have.
Insider threats belong to one of two core categories:
- Malicious insider threats intentionally cause damage through acts such as the theft of sensitive information, sabotage, fraud, and espionage.
- Negligent insider threats cause damage non-maliciously through acts such as breaking company policies, falling victim to phishing attacks, or unintentionally sharing sensitive information with unauthorized recipients
Examples of insider threats
- A disgruntled ex-employee stealing intellectual property to gain favor with a competitor
- An employee who transfers sensitive data to an unencrypted USB device
- An employee sharing login credentials with a coworker
- A contractor leveraging their internal access to perform privilege escalation in an effort to access sensitive data
What is Insider Threat Management?
The term “insider threat management” refers to the practices that security teams put in place to identify, prevent, and remediate potential insider threats. These teams will set up a security operations center with the policies, procedures, and insider threat detection tools needed to mitigate threats.
Security teams watch for potential insider threat indicators by:
- Insider Threat Detection: An insider threat management solution will leverage user behavior analytics to monitor security events for potential threats
- Employee Monitoring Software: User behavior analytics processes will be bolstered with data from existing tools that monitor user actions, such as data loss prevention and employee monitoring software
- Security Audits: Using a combination of automated responses and a manual audit, security teams will review security information to distinguish between false positives and suspicious activities
- Data Protection: A baseline of acceptable behavior is established to help security teams distinguish between suspicious behavior and legitimate activity.
- User and Entity Behavior: Security teams will work cooperatively with other departments to watch for non-technical indicators of a potential insider threat such as grievances at work, disengagement, and an abnormally strong interest in duties outside of their scope of work
What Should Be Done To Protect Against Insider Threats?
- Employee Training: Provide employees with security awareness training that helps them identify insider security threats and avoid becoming victims of the cyber attacks they are most likely to experience, such as phishing.
- Limit Access to Sensitive Data: Limiting who can access sensitive information is a critical security control against both insider threats and external threats. The fewer accounts that can access sensitive data the lower the attack surface.
- Encrypt Sensitive Data: In the event of a data breach encryption will provide a critical layer of protection against having the contents exposed to threat actors.
- Implement & Enforce Policies: Policies and procedures provide a baseline of expectations that employees must follow. With this baseline in place your insider threat management solution can be used to identify both external attacks and insider threats that are acting anomalously.
- Monitor Employee Activity: Every insider threat management strategy needs an element of threat detection. Activity monitoring and entity behavior analytics help detect insider attacks before they escalate.
Learn More: Tips for Preventing Insider Data Theft
1 Your Employees are Taking Your Data – Richard Agnew, Infosecurity Magazine. https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/opinions/employees-taking-data/.
2 2022 Ponemon Cost of Insider Threats Global Report. https://www.proofpoint.com/us/resources/threat-reports/cost-of-insider-threats
3 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/reports/2022/dbir/2022-data-breach-investigations-report-dbir.pdf