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External Threat

Every organization has an external threat. Learn about what it is and what threats will impact your organizational safety, security, reputation, and the bottom line.

What is an External Threat?

An external threat is a threat that originates external to your organization. External threats come in many forms, including physical, cyber, or reputational. Malicious threats come from bad actors, criminal groups, or be a byproduct of a malicious event. Non-malicious threats are situations resulting from the actions of an individual or group with different interests or hazards that are a byproduct of a naturally occurring event.

External Threat Situational Awareness

Organizational protection on the modern Internet is no longer limited simply to social media and policing blogs to insert positive comments or detecting a typosquatted domain. Nowadays, a as security team analyst, you are serving as a compliment to digital marketing and PR teams, and you must be proactive in monitoring internal threats and external to the organization in order to catch threats in their infant stages and prevent them from growing into viable threats to the entire organization and its operations. We’ve put together a threat monitoring checklist to help you get started.

Mitigating an external threat may not be at the top of of your list of necessary tasks, but with the rise of the Internet as the global hub for communication, organization, and commerce itself, you and your security & risk management team must adopt a full-spectrum approach in their goal of securing your organization.

External threat management can take many forms, from protecting the name of the company in the face of legitimate missteps to rooting out campaigns that target the organization. Therefore, security intelligence should encompass the full range of threat potential, starting with the formation of potential threats including interactions that occur on the Internet.

Let’s take a look at some of the necessary check boxes you need to cover in a comprehensive threat monitoring strategy that properly protects your organization with 24 x 7 real-time situational awareness. This should be your basic threat monitoring checklist.

Types External Threats That Can Impact Your Organization

Due to the exponential creation of data and digital footprint on the internet, a blind spot can impact your brand, employees, or customer experience, resulting in reputation damage, regulatory issues, and revenue loss. Below is a threat checklist of important items to monitor and maintain situational awareness of at all times.

Threats To Board Members and C-Suite

These are examples of executive threats that impact the principles of an organization and their family members:

  • Negative posts mentioning principles.
  • Undiscovered or insecure social media profiles.
  • Over-sharing and pattern of life disclosure.
  • Breaking events in proximity to principles.
  • Safety and security of content directed at principles.

Physical Threats

Examples of physical security and operational threats are:

  • Physical threats against employees, places and assets.
  • Disgruntled posts from current or former employees.
  • Malicious events or emergencies in proximity to organizational assets.
  • Interruption to business operation, events and supply chain.
  • Operational disruption from non-malicious hazards.

Cyber Threats

Information security can be impacted by the following cyber threats:

  • Impersonation of brand or product digital presence.
  • Undiscovered and mis-configured shadow-IT and cloud assets.
  • Leaks of confidential and proprietary information.
  • Interruption to digital presence and third-party vendors.
  • Vulnerabilities associated to the brand, product or organization.

Reputation Threats

Reputational threats can be driven many ways:

  • Employees involved in political or highly offensive and hateful online engagement.
  • Fake reviews, complaints and inaccurate press coverage.
  • Organized action to protest, boycott or cancel your brand or product.
  • Breaking events, incidents and threat actor campaigns.
  • Public disclosure or actions of regulatory compliance incidents.

Implementing a External Threat Detection Solution

Unfortunately, most intelligence software these days can do one or two of the things listed above well. However, the solution lacks greatly in the other areas. Usually, brand, marketing, security, and hr teams must purchase a litany of software applications and invest time and effort to make them all function together properly.

It’s hard to avoid the countless news stories impacting people from threat actors being successful in malicious endeavors. With DigitalStakeout Scout, all of the above threats can be monitored, alerted, and distributed to your team (whether large or small) the capability to understand and investigate threats as they develop, not after the fact. Built with coverage, detection, and alerting in mind, DigitalStakeout’s Scout is simple for non-technical end-users. DigitalStakeout Scout handles the difficult tasks under the hood with minimal setup time, leaving precious time for you and your team to focus on keeping your people, places, and brands safe and trustworthy.