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Combat Insider Threats and Targeted Data Breaches

Keep your data safe amid cybercrime’s current boom.

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Mitigating the Attacks That Threaten Your Organization to Bring Peace of Mind

With the explosion of virtualized and cloud environments, the attack surface and number of identities that can be compromised have increased exponentially. As a result, targeted data breaches and insider threats are on the rise. In fact, despite the numerous, headline-making incidents in recent years, cybercrime continues to rise with reported data breaches increasing by 75% over the past two years.

For those that suffer a breach, the repercussions can be costly: increased public scrutiny, costly fines, decreased customer loyalty and reduced revenues. It’s no wonder that cybercrime has risen toward the top of the concern list for many organizations and the customers with whom they do business.

What are insider threats and data breaches?

An insider threat is a threat that originates from an individual within the organization—an employee, contractor or business partner. This threat could be intentional—the malicious insider who wants to steal data for profit or wreak havoc for personal reasons. The threat could also be accidental—a user mistakenly deleting data or causing harm to IT systems. The accidental insider could also have their credentials compromised, thereby giving access to network resources to an external actor.

Data breaches are defined as the disclosure of sensitive data to an individual who is not authorized to view or possess it. Data breaches come in two flavors: targeted and accidental. Accidental data breaches occur when someone mistakenly gives access to an unauthorized person (e.g. inadvertently emailing a file with sensitive data to a coworker or business partner). Targeted data breaches occur when an individual or group actively attempts to penetrate an organization’s defenses in order to obtain and steal sensitive data.


Emerging Challenges to the Enterprise

  • Hybrid Enterprise

  • Insider Threats

  • DevOps

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Hybrid Enterprise

Hybrid Enterprise


As data centers have evolved to include on-premises, cloud and virtual environments, traditional approaches for administration and management have fallen apart—leaving new attack surfaces poorly protected.


The Modern Software Factory is complex—our customers are the world’s largest enterprises and the majority are running hybrid environments that span mainframe to cloud. For this reason, our Layer7 Privileged Access Management solution has been designed to run in and protect privileged access in all of these environments.

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Insider Threats

Insider Threats


As organizations focus on external hackers, they often overlook attacks from within. Many internal users and third-party business partners are being granted “concentrated power” via administrative access without adequate oversight or auditing of their access and activities.


Layer7 Privileged Access Management can protect access and enforce policies over the usage of these accounts; however, we also offer complementary solutions that can further address third-party access, including privileged identity governance, multi-factor authentication (MFA) and identity federation.





As automated processes are adopted to support continuous delivery, the scripts and tools being used often have hard-coded administrative credentials that are ripe for theft and misuse.


Layer7 Privileged Access Management eliminates hard-coded, hard-to-change passwords from applications and scripts. Application-to-application passwords and other credentials are stored in an encrypted vault and requesting applications must authenticate themselves before anything is released from it.


Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT)


Smart devices are proliferating our lives and because of their connectivity they not only can be hacked but are already being compromised where security is inadequate or non-existent.


APIs connect smart devices and software and Layer7 API Management enables enterprises to launch their mobile and IoT initiatives with a fabric of secure APIs. But many of these devices are also leveraging privileged credentials that are embedded in the device to identify themselves and perform sensitive operations. These credentials could be removed and stored in Layer7 Privileged Access Management and requested by the device through the Layer7 API Gateway.



Layer7 Security & Integration

One Portfolio to Prevent Data Breaches and Combat Insider Threats

Privileged Access Management

Layer7 Privileged Access Management centrally manages, protects and monitors access to and usage of privileged accounts and credentials.

API Security

Layer7 API Management secures privileged access and communications between apps, devices and data stores using OAuth and OpenID Connect.

Identity & Access Management

Layer7 Identity & Access Management prevents unauthorized access through MFA credentials and privileged identity governance.


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