Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Encryption & Key Management , Governance & Risk Management

Empower Employees While Preventing Insider Data Breaches

Make Technology Your Last Line of Defense, Says Tony Pepper of Egress
Tony Pepper, CEO, Egress

Carelessness and a lack of awareness are root causes of insider breaches. So says Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress, based on the findings of a study his company conducted of CISOs and employees to trace the cause of insider breaches resulting from both intentional and unintentional loss.

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"Quite frankly, the market has never really deeply understood what's causing these breaches of data security, and, more importantly, why are they actually going in the wrong direction - why are data security breaches going up, when it seems like investment in IT and IT security is going up as well?"

Other contributing factors to data breaches that arise via insiders, he says, include insufficient toolsets and a lack of awareness of security policies, occasionally compounded by employees - and not infrequently "the younger generation" - handling data as if they owned it.

In a video interview at the recent Infosecurity Europe conference, Pepper discusses:

  • Key findings from the Egress research, including a significant CISO/employee disconnect;
  • The mandate for a more people-centric approach to security - and what it looks like;
  • Targeting the insider threat by using machine-learning capabilities to better spot anomalies;
  • Right-sizing encryption and ensuring technology provides a last line of defense.

Pepper co-founded Egress Software Technologies in 2007 and currently serves as CEO. Previously, he held executive management and integration roles at Reflex Magnetics, Pointsec Mobile Technologies and Check Point Software Technologies.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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