Advanced Threat Analytics: Combating your employees’ lack of strength in passwords

When thinking about cyber-attackers and intruders, you may picture a hooded criminal hunched over and typing into a laptop. They are accessing data remotely from an unidentified location. The fact is, among companies who have experienced data breaches, 43% of them suffered data loss due to internal factors. Half of these were accidental; however, the other half were intentional. Quite often, the reason could be as simple as a lack of strength in the employee’s password.

Key and padock in smartphone on laptop to indicate cyber security from advanced threat analytics.

Could POOR employee password habits be a security risk for your organisation?

Passwords as an authentication control play a large role in the securing of an organisation’s network. They are often overlooked and undermined. If employees breach a company’s IT policy by having weak passwords, security of the entire IT infrastructure can be compromised. Choosing, remembering and changing login details can be an inconvenience, but there are ways for businesses to help their employees act more securely.

Poor employee security behaviour, including bad password habits, is a growing concern for organisations. With the right solutions in place, organisations can halt the frequency and sophistication of cybersecurity attacks and threats. According to Microsoft, 76% of all network intrusions are caused by compromised user credentials; proving that businesses need to take further steps in order to prevent threats to their data.

Traditionally and typically, IT security solutions are complex, prone to false positives and designed to protect just the perimeter. Malicious attacks from inside a business can sometimes be the most expensive and take twice as long to get under control.

Flag up suspicious activities quickly with Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is an on-premise platform that identifies potential threats and cyber-attacks within your business before they happen, and before they can cause any damage. Using behavioural analytics and reporting, ATA provides organisations with the ability to see abnormal behaviours such as password sharing between colleagues.

ATA, using its proprietary algorithm, works around the clock flagging up aggregated suspicious activities. It learns over time, where and when users in Active Directory logon and how they typically access resources. If a user steps outside the boundaries and is attempting to access resources they haven’t used before, an alert will be created, helping you to keep a tighter leash on abnormal behaviour.

It is important for employees to understand the potential damage poor password security can have on an organisation. As well as using a platform such as ATA to protect your infrastructure, employees need to be educated and enlightened as to what represents a strong password.

Did you know that the average time attackers stay in a network before being detected is over 200 days? Watch our webinar on-demand to understand the benefits of ATA and how it can prevent cyber-attacks causing damage to your organisation.