Protecting Against Insider Threat: A Novel Approach | Data Driven Investor

“41% of workers may bypass their company’s security policies. 57% say it’s the most efficient way to get work done.” — Dell Workforce Security TAP Report, 2018

The Challenge of Email

Email is a challenging technology for corporate security. It is ubiquitously used, provides no native data security or tracking, and duplicates its content at an alarming rate. [1] A recent study found that email is, by far, the primary means of data exfiltration by “flight-risk” employees.

Email-based data exfiltration accounts for 50% of all exfiltration methods observed. “The exfiltration of data over email continues to be the #1 exfiltration method” — Secureonix. Graph reproduced from the 2020 Securonix Insider Threat Report. Red highlights added to denote email exfiltration methods.

The Power of Cloud Storage

A powerful addition to traditional DLP solutions has surfaced for protecting email bound data. The rise of business-class cloud storage combined with tools like mxHero can automatically ensure that all email attachments are converted to cloud storage links. There are many benefits to replacing email attachments with cloud storage links, among them, is a simple yet powerful means of containing the loss of data resulting from insider threats. [2]

Technologies, like mxHero’s Mail2Cloud, provide server-side solutions that automatically convert attachments into cloud storage links without requiring end-user action.

When updating email-based file exchange with modern file-sharing technology, like cloud storage, the benefits are profound.

Eliminating email attachments in favor of cloud storage links is game-changing. It fundamentally changes how data is exchanged over email. Email attachment technology is 50 years old and woefully unprepared for the demands of today. Myriad complex technologies have been invented in an attempt to patch its vulnerabilities. Given the worsening cybersecurity crises, it is clear that those attempts continue to fail. [3] When updating email-based file exchange with modern file-sharing technology, like cloud storage, the benefits are profound. Organizations can fully leverage their storage investment by keeping all their content in a single, secure system. Protections put into place for their data can now be extended to their email as well.

  1. Our Dangerous Reliance On Email Attachments And What To Do About It
  2. 5 Reasons Why Email Attachments Are Finally Coming To An End
  3. Successful Ransomware Infections Surge to Record in 2020 as Victims Grow More Willing to Pay, Research Shows
  4. 2020 Insider Threat Report

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