The Human Factor In Cyber Security – Malicious Third Parties

About our Cyber Security Series of articles

Our Security teams have identified common challenges organisations face when dealing with Cyber Security threats and this series of articles aims to help readers identify and address these risks. The most common and often overlooked aspect of cyber security, are people and the risks they pose across the organisation.

Whether knowingly or unknowingly, human beings are often the most common cause of IT security breaches and even if a business has robust, multi-layered IT security technology solutions in place human action can make these redundant and expose an organisation to real risk.

In this first series of articles, we look at key user types or roles inside an organisation as well as typical profiles that pose risks from outside an organisation.

Ignore them at your peril – they’re often the cyber criminal’s easiest way through your technological defences.

#7 Malicious Third Parties


Whether motivated by ideologies, personal grudges or simply the desire for quick and easy profits, malicious third parties remain a major threat.

Hackers employ a wide range of social engineering and technological attack vectors, ranging from the ongoing flood of phishing emails, through man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks on insecure wifi networks, to ingenious uses of such apparently innocuous items as USB cables.

The Risks

Visibility of hackers on the organisation’s network is a key challenge. Often, having gained access via phishing attacks, they remain undiscovered for months at a time, quietly syphoning off sensitive data or tampering with critical systems.

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Data breaches arising from such attacks cannot only seriously impact the organisation’s day-to-day operations, but also expose it to reputational damage and fines under regulations such as GDPR.

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How to address the challenge

So for Malicious Third parties, network visibility is key to remediating the risks outside of your organisation. Targeted attacks and advanced threats are often custom built to evade conventional security defences.

Monitoring a 360-degree view of your network will provide visibility of targeted attacks, threats, and ransomware. Inspection of all network content, extensive detection techniques and sandbox analysis will help reduce the risk from malicious third parties.

Read more about network visibility for the security experts – here 

In addition to network visibility, the elements below should also be considered:

  • Data protection from exfiltration over email and web, as well as endpoints
  • Strong authentication & encryption
  • Privileged Account Protection

Technology and a good process can assist

There are hundreds of security solutions and best practice security frameworks organisations can use to develop a robust security posture and help mitigate many of the risks posed by human beings inside as well as outside the organisation.

If you would like to discuss the options your organisation has when developing your security strategy our Cyber & Data security experts are on hand to answer questions and help you identify potential ways to address the risks posed. Book a ‘no obligations’ call with one of our team here.

The Complete Guide

Malicious third parties are just one of the user types we discuss in our complete ‘Human Factor’ guide. Find out who else in your organisation may pose a risk by downloading our full guide here.

2019-01-21T09:38:19+00:00 January 8th, 2019|Blog, Security blogs|0 Comments