Insider risk: Why you should keep an open eye and closed door

Here’s a riddle: It knows your business inside and out, you won’t have to look very far to find it…and it may be your biggest security gap of all.

Spoiler: It’s insider risk.

At the most basic level, insider risk is anyone with access to your data. This includes your board and C-level executives, all the way down to your newest and most junior employees. It also includes your partners, attorneys and third-party vendors.

Now, it’s not that all these people intend to do harm. They’re humans, and humans make mistakes. But in today’s world, they’re mistakes your business can’t afford to make. But while insider risk can be unintentional, insider threats are driven by ulterior motives to steal your data or sabotage your entire corporate system.

Here’s the catch: You may think you already have the infrastructure in place to safeguard your company—but protecting ourselves from insider risk and insider threats isn’t what it used to be. Today, you have employees assigned to home offices or other remote locations, ripe for both malicious insiders and well-intentioned employees who make costly mistakes. In fact, recent data shows that a staggering 43% of companies confirmed insider attacks against their organizations, within the last year alone. And when we consider our new hybrid way of working, this wave of insider risk is only getting bigger.

So how do you mitigate new insider risk?

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, companies need to evolve as well. Converged cyber-physical security controls need to be implemented to protect a company’s people, physical assets, data, intellectual property and reputation. And they need to do it while simultaneously satisfying industry compliance requirements.

Here’s how:

Boost the data you have for better insights: Tackle insider risk and threats with AI-powered anomaly detection, risk scores for identities and robust dashboards for high-risk identities. Our intelligence platform positions your existing data to deliver risk visibility and insights across IT, OT, HR and physical security so you can act on potential threats, track utilization, occupancy and capacity, and optimize your workspaces.

Zero-trust physical access: As the reality of hybrid work models takes shape, it’s a good time to explore a zero-trust approach to your physical access control system. A best practice in cybersecurity (trust no one, validate everyone), our policy-based access control (PBAC) cloud service reinvents your existing PACS to dynamically authorize secure physical access—only when people need it. Whether you use a standard card reader, biometrics or mobile credentials, you can authorize or restrict access in real-time at the door according to company needs and policies.

Make room for access governance: According to Gartner, 75% of organizations will restructure risk and security governance by 2023 to address new cyber-physical systems and converged IT, OT and physical security needs, an increase from fewer than 15% today.

Lead the way by managing identity, access and security through a converged cyber-physical approach to gain a holistic view of your enterprise-wide security landscape—protecting your business from risk, both inside and out.

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David Cassady

Chief Revenue Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading sales teams in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s led a mix of established software players and startups. Cassady has also been involved with five IPOs — and at least as many acquisitions.

As Chief Revenue Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through skill-building for cloud and SaaS-focused teams. Together with the AlertEnterprise team, David is focused on the intersection of a repeatable sales process, a predictable pipeline and a multi-channel go-to-market strategy that includes physical security system integrators and SAP — all with the goal of driving explosive growth for the company.

Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to AlertEnterprise, and as Chief Security Officer (CSO), he guides the strategy of data management and protection by advising cyber-physical security policies and procedures within the company. Weatherford also works in liaison with businesses and executive professionals in the cyber and physical security industries to further accelerate security convergence adoption.

Mark has held numerous high-level cyber-centric positions, including Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity under the Obama administration, California’s first Chief Security Officer, and the first CISO for the state of Colorado.

Harsh Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AlertEnterprise, Harsh Chauhan is responsible for the company’s engineering technology innovation and solution delivery. A 20-year technology veteran and leader, Chauhan is focused on the growth of the company’s 3D Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) hyperscale cloud platform.

He also continues to develop integrated solutions with leading technology partners like SAP, SAP NS2, and ServiceNow. Before AlertEnterprise, Mr. Chauhan held multiple CTO positions, as well as Product Owner and Head of Development at SAP GRC 10.0, delivering targeted solutions to high-profile SAP clients.

Ruby Deol

Chief Operations Officer

Ruby Deol oversees all business units at AlertEnterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As AlertEnterprise continues to grow in industry recognition and stature, Deol is charged with developing and implementing methods to meet organization goals and facilitate the company’s ongoing transformation.

Kaval Kaur

CFO and Co-Founder

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of AlertEnterprise, Kaval Kaur leads all finance and administrative back-office operations. Kaur is a member of the national professional organization American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State CPA Society.

Prior to joining AlertEnterprise, she was the CFO and Co-Founder of Virsa Systems, a position she held until its acquisition by SAP.

Kaur is a philanthropist at heart, embracing the diversity of the San Francisco Bay area by assisting with and promoting special cultural events. She recently sponsored 2,000 public schools in rural India to advance computer literacy skills for children and is a foster mother to a 10 year old.

Jasvir Gill

Founder and CEO

Leading the charge of digital transformation and security convergence is Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching AlertEnterprise, Gill was the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems, where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance, risk and compliance as a software market segment, he drove exponential growth at Virsa, facilitating its acquisition by SAP in 2006.

In his free time, Jasvir helps drive social and economic empowerment in the community. He’s also a trustee at the American India Foundation.