Detect and Prevent Insider Threats With CurrentWare

Protect sensitive data against negligent and malicious insiders with CurrentWare’s insider threat detection and prevention tools.

  • Stop Data Theft
  • Monitor User Activity
  • Restrict User Internet & App Access

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CurrentWare’s Insider Threat Detection & Prevention Solutions

Detect Suspicious Activity With Real-Time 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
  • File Transfers
    Track and restrict file movements across portable storage devices, network share drives, and websites such as cloud storage services
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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. Restrict file transfers to cloud file sharing services.
  • 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 File Transfers for Suspicious and High-Risk Behavior

CurrentWare’s user activity monitoring and USB restriction tools ensure that organizations detect and prevent malicious data transfers.

  • Detect Malicious Insider Threats
    Receive real time email alerts when employees violate your USB security policies
  • File Monitoring
    Track what data has been copied, created, deleted, or renamed on removable media
  • File Transfer Logging
    Track file transfers between network share drives, removable media devices, and websites such as cloud storage services to trace data breaches back to their source
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Third Party Risk Management

Third-party vendors, partners, consultants, and contractors often have privileged access to a company’s internal systems.

Use CurrentWare’s data loss prevention and user activity monitoring features to detect high-risk behaviors from third party vendors.

  • Continuously capture screenshots to collect evidence of misuse
  • Monitor productivity of freelancers to ensure invoiced hours are used appropriately
  • Track and restrict data movements to portable storage devices and cloud storage services to protect sensitive data

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
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The Critical Role of Insider Threat Management

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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.

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Block & Audit Storage Devices

Control who can use portable storage devices and set security policies to limit what devices are allowed. Monitor data transfers to removable media and network storage devices to ensure that your data security policies are being followed.

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Prevent Data Loss to Cloud Platforms

Protect sensitive data against the risks of cloud file sharing sites. Block cloud storage sites/apps, restrict uploads/downloads, and monitor file transfers for high-risk or anomalous activity.

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Audit User Activity for Insider Threat Risks

Monitor employee computer usage for signs of insider threats. Track file transfers, 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.

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Block Data Transfers to Portable Storage

Go beyond simply blocking unauthorized devices; ensure optimal data protection with your trusted devices, too. Block file transfers to portable storage devices based on file extension and file name.

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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.

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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!

CASE STUDY

Viking Yachts Stops Departing Employee From Stealing Intellectual Property

CurrentWare saved us a lot of time and money. If we didn’t have them we would have never known what was going on. I cannot thank them enough for this software; being able to audit removable drives is invaluable.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

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The reports are very easy to understand and the fact that they can be emailed to you on a schedule is amazing, and have made finding productivity killers VERY easy. Customer support has been fantastic every time I've had to reach out to them; I highly recommend them!

Kristen S, Associate IT Director
The Coding Network, 700+ 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
Medical Practice, 2-10 Employees

In my nearly 40 years in the IT business I’ve worked with a lot of support teams. I really appreciate CurrentWare going the extra mile to help me get the most out of the product. They’ve definitely outweighed any of the other competitors that I’ve looked at.

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Vehicle Dealership, 150-200 Employees

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CurrentWare's Key Features

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User Activity Monitoring

Track web browsing, software use, search queries, and more

Remote Screen Capture

Screenshot Monitoring

Take automatic screenshots or remotely view desktops

Application Blocker

Track Software Usage

Get insights into software usage trends in your organization

Stealth

Transparent & Stealth Modes

Run silently in the background or provide notice of monitoring

Block USB

Block USB & Other Devices

Set full access, read only or no access on storage devices

Allowed List

Device Whitelist

Allow only authorized storage devices to be used

Block Files

Block File Transfers

Prevent files from being transferred to portable storage

Reports

DLP Activity Reports

Track file transfers, storage device use, file operations, and more

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Block Websites

Block websites based on
URLs & content categories

Download Filter
Block Downloads/Uploads

Prevent uploading and downloading based on file type

Application Blocker
Application Blacklisting

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

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PC Power Management

Remotely track and control PC power states

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Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

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Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

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Offsite Management

Extend onsite security policies to computers running outside the corporate network

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Database scaled for enterprise and
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Insider Threat Detection & Prevention Resources

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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.

Insider Threats - How to Stop Data Theft - CurrentWare

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.

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Tips for Offboarding Employees

Concerned about the damage a soon-to-be-ex-employee could cause with access to sensitive information? Follow these tips.

Insider threat management: Employee data theft stories

Examples of Data Theft by Employees

These notorious examples of employee data theft demonstrate the devastating effects that a data breach can have.

Corporate espionage: Crushing cases of IP theft

5 Corporate Espionage Cases

These corporate espionage cases highlight the lengths that organizations will go to to maintain an advantage over competitors.

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The Top 7 Data Exfiltration Risks

This article will teach you how to prevent data exfiltration by addressing the most common techniques used.

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:

How to Set Up CurrentWare for Remote Teams

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.

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is installed in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider.

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.

In terms of internet and application restriction, you can use the internet scheduler and app blocker scheduler to temporarily allow access to blocked websites and applications 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?

The CurrentWare Suite can be deployed on-premises or on a cloud platform of your choice. Both deployment option are compatible with remote workers with a few configuration changes.

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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

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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