Setting up powerful firewalls and data breaches detection solution is not enough

Many vendors offer protective solutions to ensure that no external threat, no hacker will be able to enter your IT system. Unfortunately, we know that it takes only up to 6 days for a hacker to enter an organization’s IT system after having studied it, despite firewalls and other barriers. A breach can always be found, often by hacking an employee’s access to the system for example.

Another rising set of solutions focuses on detecting as fast and acurately as possible any data breach. These solutions’ purpose is to detect any leak of data, by an insider or external hacker, when this person has started downloading data and information. But, here again, the issue isn’t that these solutions are not efficient but that it is already a bit too late. The “malicious” person has already started downloading and has often strong chances to get away with it or at least part of it. Wouldn’t it be possible to catch him earlier?

A 2015 Ponemon Institute study revealed that it takes an average of 256 days for an organization to detect the presence of a hacker in its system, and an average of 158 days to detect a malicious insider. The issue is filling this security gap and making sure hackers and malicious insiders cannot stay as long in a security system without being blocked or detected.


Make it impossible for hackers to move freely within your IT system

Very few solutions focus today on filling the gap between these two markets. Filling the void between firewalls and detection solutions is very rare today as this market is only starting to develop. But this in-between is key to any organization’s IT security. Indeed, if you cannot prevent at 100% hackers from entering your IT system and detecting data breaches means you are already a bit too late, what is at stake is making sure malicious actors cannot navigate within your system.

Preventing hackers and malicious insiders from reaching data they wish to leak means implementing and ensuring a strong and efficient user access governance and IT security policy as a whole. It also means mapping your IT risks as to know where your sensitive data is located and what levels of protection to allocate regarding the sensitivity level.

If user access are properly managed, this means, for example, that hackers will not be able to take advantage of unused user accounts or that former employees will not be able to access the system anymore after having left the company. Identity analytics are key to mapping, understanding and monitoring risks within your IT system but also discrepancies between theoretical and real access rights.


Implement Identity analytics to secure your IT system at any time

Of course, these three markets are complementary. A properly secured IT system needs firewalls and solutions to detect fast enough data breaches, along with an Identity analytics solution. Unfortunetaly, many organizations only benefit from the first set of protection, still considering that their IT systems are enclosed systems that can be considered as fortresses if the walls are high and resistent enough.

But today, any IT system has porous boundaries as more and more data, assets and applications are moved on to the Cloud and people share subsequent informations with their co-workers via messenging, emails and chats. These are unstructured data and they are growing at very high rates within companies, along with structured data that most companies do not classify.

Identity analytics solutions, such as Brainwave Identity GRC, enable organizations to fill the void between hackers’ entrance and detection within IT systems. By enabling data classification, risk mapping, dynamic reporting, in-depth analytics and access review automation, they help organizations make it impossible for malicious actors to navigate quietly and easily within their IT systems and be detected before having reached the sensitive data they wish to put heir hands on.