Most companies recruit employees who they believe can help increase their competitive edge and innovation in their respective industries. But as these employees start adding value in their specific fields, it is imperative that they understand how to protect corporate data. Failing to protect intellectual property (IP) doesn’t just jeopardize the company—the employee’s job security, equity, career direction, and reputation are also at risk.

Protecting intellectual property is equally important to the employee as the company they work for.

In today’s collaborative and open culture, it isn’t enough to educate employees about the corporate security policy. After all, they were not hired to be corporate security experts. In fact, many creative and dynamic employees are not tech-savvy. And seeing they were hired to innovate, shouldn’t they be focused on core business objectives?

The insider cybersecurity threat can assume malicious intent. However, in many cases, it is attributed to good employees who clicked a link and mistakenly installed some malware. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 49% of non-point-of-sale (POS) malware was installed using targeted email. What’s even more alarming is that 69% of breaches went unnoticed for several months.

Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigation Report: summary of findings
49% of non-POS malware was installed via malicious email
76% of breaches were financially motivated
13% of breaches were motivated by the gain of strategic advantage (espionage)
68% of breaches took months or longer to discover

Source: Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report

New technology can help

Organizations can leverage technology to protect IP while allowing employees to focus on their jobs.

In addition to training employees on data protection (for example, on how to recognize a phishing campaign), a cybersecurity solution providing unsupervised machine learning can proactively identify risky employee behavior before causing damage.

By using trusted data gained through unsupervised machine learning, the Jazz platform enables organizations to see and respond to issues putting their IP at risk in real time. And with data storage being more affordable these days, the platform can gather, store, and archive big data, allowing machine learning to detect anomalies and create real-time alerts with immediate actions to defuse the issue at hand. All this is collected by the Jazz Agent, providing detailed event information, i.e. network connections, DNS requests, file actions, system calls and application details.

In the end, employees can be assisted if they step outside corporate security guidelines before their actions becomes critical. The Jazz platform allows employees to focus on driving core business initiatives, but serves as a helping hand to protect non-technical employees who have good intentions.

But what about the bad egg who wants to steal or compromise your data from the inside? Well, the Jazz Platform can handle that too!