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Updated: Jan 23, 2024   |   Stefan Jarlegren

Forcepoint Insider Threat Solutions: What's a better alternative?

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Companies need to protect themselves from the risks of insider threats. Effective insider threat protection requires a diverse approach, including user training, data visibility, information classification, and advanced technology. 

Selecting the right software tool is essential in providing robust insider threat protection and securing your valuable data resources.

An insider attack can manifest in a wide variety of ways that have the potential to severely damage a business. Perhaps the most dangerous insider threat is a data leak involving sensitive or high-value information or intellectual property. The leak can be caused by the deliberate actions of a rogue insider or by an accidental oversight from a trusted employee.

Forcepoint Insider Threat Solutions is a platform designed to minimize risk and protect valuable data resources. In this article, we’ll take a detailed look to see how it helps to stop insider threats.

Wh‎at is Forcepoint’s insider threat solution?

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Forcepoint Insider Risk Solutions is a User Activity Monitoring (UAM) and Analytics platform. It gives analysts and security investigators deep visibility into endpoint activity that can be used to identify and uncover internal threats at the earliest point of detection.

The solution provides valuable insights into user behavior that organizations can leverage to address any activities that threaten sensitive data resources.

The platform provides companies with multiple benefits that include:

  • Deep visibility into user activity and the ability to detect the riskiest users
  • Protecting the business and its customers from data breaches
  • Simplifying the exploration and analysis of anomalous behavior
  • Workflow optimization and safeguarding insider threat investigations

Ho‎w does Forcepoint address insider threats?

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Forcepoint’s Insider Risk Solutions is designed to protect on-premises and public or private cloud IT environments. The tool emphasizes three main functions that support minimizing internal threats.

  • Collection - The tool performs the collection of behavioral data from channels such as the web, file operations throughout the environment, users’ keyboards, and emails. Data is collected from on-premises and remote endpoints to ensure all user behavior is monitored efficiently. Events are tracked based on customizable policies and data is only collected from authorized channels.
  • Exploration - Efficient exploration of the collected data is facilitated by the consolidation of information in a powerful dashboard. The dashboard is built by analysts and provides the kind of information they require to make effective decisions regarding suspicious activity in the environment. Security personnel will make extensive use of the dashboard in combating insider threats.
  • Providing insights - Powerful analytics are employed to help security analysts understand risky behavior and allow them to respond to it before damage is done to the business. Acting quickly to address these insights is essential in gaining the maximum value from the tool.

Fe‎atures of Forcepoint Insider Risk Solutions

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‎Let’s look at some of the distinctive features that support Forcepoint Insider Risk Solutions’ main functionality.

  • Do Not Collect policies can be implemented to protect employee privacy.
  • AES encryption is used to protect UAM data at rest and in transit.
  • Investigative tools provide comprehensive video replay and records that can be used in legal proceedings against malicious insiders.
  • Endpoint data collection is resilient against attacks by users with privileged access to prevent tampering.
  • Persistent monitoring continues when an endpoint is off the network.
  • An immutable audit trail records policy and configuration changes.

Forcepoint Insider Risk Solutions offers security analysts the visibility they need to take action against potential insider threats.

Ad‎vantages of the Reveal data loss prevention platform

‎The Reveal platform by Next provides organizations with visibility into user activity and data usage throughout the IT environment. While some of Reveal’s functionality is similar to that provided by Forcepoint Insider Risk Solutions, two significant advantages make Reveal a more effective solution for minimizing the risk of insider threats.

  • Better policy enforcement: Autonomous enforcement of an organization’s data handling policy strengthens insider threat mitigation. Rather than simply presenting analysts with data on anomalous behavior to detect threats, Reveal automatically takes action to stop risky behaviors and ensure data is not mishandled. This feature addresses both deliberate and accidental insider threats to protect valuable data resources.
  • Training at the point of risk: User training at the point of risk is provided by Reveal’s informative messages presented to a user who makes mistakes that violate the data handling policy. This feature helps employees comply with the policy by emphasizing the violation and referring them to the policy page for further education. It’s an excellent way of minimizing unintentional insider threats by promoting safe data handling.

Talk to the DLP experts at Next and see how easy it is to start protecting your environment with Reveal. Alternatively, take the platform for a spin by setting up a demo to see it in action.

Fr‎equently asked questions

Why is continuous user training important when addressing insider threats?

Continuous user training is important when addressing insider threats because it helps reduce risks to data resources initiated accidentally or unintentionally. Users who want to abide by the data handling policy will get additional information to reduce the mistakes that lead to violations. Employees who consistently try to subvert the policy despite training may warrant additional observation as they may pose a deliberate insider threat.

What is the benefit of automated enforcement of a data handling policy?

Automated enforcement of a data handling policy eliminates the risk that a a rogue insider or data handling violation can damage a business. Manual investigation of suspicious behavior may be too late to stop data from being corrupted or exfiltrated. The autonomous enforcement provided by Reveal ensures that actions are immediately taken to address policy violations.

Why is it effective to consolidate insider threat information in a unified dashboard?

It is an effective strategy to consolidate insider threat information from across the environment in a unified dashboard to make it easier for analysts to identify the most pressing issues. Analyzing collected data about anomalous user activity in one place lets security teams prioritize potential issues and initiate detailed investigations when necessary.

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