Real-time threat detection in digital workplace

Real-time threat detection in digital workplace

June 12, 2020 |  User Behaviour Analytics, Remote security

Overview

Monitoring ‘trust’ is very important in the Zero Trust IT framework. This is critical because human nature is unpredictable. Human intent moves towards whatever is favourable in the surroundings. In the enterprise IT network, anomalous end-user behaviour is influenced by greed, or any other bad motive, which can disrupt IT operations. With the digital workplace expanding fast, applications, endpoints are always vulnerable to misuse if the ‘trust’ is not monitored.

Normally absence of behaviour profiling mechanism is the reason behind data abuse, misuse or any other form of malicious activity with IT infrastructure. With BYOD and WFH culture increasingly adopted by organizations across the globe, monitoring both endpoints and end-user activities has become a challenging task for the IT administrators. The security risks have intensified and expanded significantly in the digital workplace. More than 70% of cyberattacks are not reported externally, which indicates that malicious insiders are more likely to cause damages. As a result, there is an urgent need for a modern-day enterprise to have robust real-time threat detection and mitigation capabilities.

Let’s understand using daily enterprise use-cases:

Case 1

Cyber risk expands when multiple end-users access critical business applications and devices at different hours for different purposes on a daily basis. As a result, monitoring user activities becomes a challenge for the enterprise if there is no stringent access control mechanism. Herein lies the importance of user analytics methodology to detect suspicious behaviour because users practically require access to only specific applications. Lack of role-based and rule-based access control mechanisms expands the attack surface and impacts largely on the overall IT operational process.


ARCON | UBA overcomes these challenges by allowing application access only on a “need-to-know” and “need-to-do” basis. With the permission of the IT administrator through an elevation request, the user access is granted with “Just-in-time Privilege” to restrict the duration of the activities. Moreover, it improves the overall access control mechanism and eventually secures all enterprise data.

 


 

Real-time threat detection in digital workplace

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Case 2

Global work culture has observed a sea-change in the last quarter due to COVID 19 pandemic. Remote work culture has evolved as the most-adopted and convenient way for organizations to ensure business continuity. The cyber risk management team started to have sleepless nights worrying about how to manage, monitor and control users working remotely and accessing critical applications and databases.


ARCON | UBA gets over this ambiguous situation with a detailed record of all activities performed by the users on critical applications on a given date and time to help the administrators take crucial IT decisions. With the help of real-time threat detection capability, this tool enables the security team to configure baseline activities as per centralized policy. ARCON | User Behaviour Analytics traces those activities that are deviation from baseline policies.

 

Case 3

An increased number of endpoints in enterprise networks has created a lot of uncertainties with the user activities. While CERT-IN (Computer Emergency Responses Team - India) has issued strict guidelines on securing endpoints, ARCON | UBA helps organizations to frame a robust endpoint security policy to ensure a strong vigilance on the endpoints. The IT security team creates a unified governance framework and does data profiling of the users to detect anything suspicious. It mitigates malicious insiders with the help of risk detection analytics and above all, this tool provides “on-demand” privilege to endpoints to allow access to critical applications only when it is required.

 

Conclusion

ARCON | UBA (User Behaviour Analytics) is an effective risk predictive tool to ensure undisrupted IT operations. Going beyond the traditional approach of ‘restrictive’ access, ARCON | UBA takes a modern approach, which is based on: ‘do whatever you want to do but we will assess the trustworthiness as and when required’. It detects anomalous activities and predicts threats on a real-time basis. In addition, after deployment, this tool restricts users to access to critical systems and applications enterprises by creating a configured baseline on endpoints.


ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behaviour Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Endpoint Privilege Management mitigates risks arising out of endpoints. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.

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