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High Risk Users and Where to Find Them 

A Cyentia Institute Study Based on Data From Elevate Security

High-risk users are the top quartile of users in an organization who have had at least one instance of risky behavior, or event. These risky users are responsible for:

  • 41% of all simulated phishing clicks
  • 30% of all real-world phishing clicks
  • 54% of all secure-browsing incidents
  • 42% of all malware events

So where do high-risk users hide in organizations? The answer to this question seems to be “everywhere.” However, it’s a little more nuanced than that. 

This latest Cyentia Institute Report, in partnership with Elevate Security, analyzed nearly eight years’ worth of data—from June 2014 to July 2022, and dives into:

  • What makes workers high risk
  • What are their riskiest behaviors
  • Where those high-risk users spend their time
  • What that might mean for your organization’s security

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1. IDENTIFY the highest risk users

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The Elevate Security Platform makes it easy to analyze and defend your organization against unintentional insider risk. Use benchmark visibility, targeted security controls, and personalized feedback to focus on risky employees & strengthen your cyber defenses.

Proactively address your insider risk and:

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Predict the source of your next incident

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Monitor and measure
Target risky users
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Target controls for specific risks & risky employees

Personalize feedback based on individual employee risk

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All of the information you need to understand and identify your riskiest users already exists in your enterprise. The Elevate Security Platform integrates and ingests this valuable employee security data from all your current cybersecurity tools and systems.

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