Understanding Insider and External Threats

Organizations face a multitude of data security threats, both external and internal. Server General solutions come to the rescue.
March 19, 2024

In today's digital age, organizations face a multitude of data security threats, both external and internal. While firewalls and intrusion detection systems can help shield against external attacks, a significant security risk often lurks from within - the insider threat. Disgruntled employees, inadvertent mistakes, or even accidental access breaches can all have devastating consequences for data security and regulatory compliance.

This blog post will explore the insider threat landscape and how Server General's data security solutions empower organizations, especially data center customers, to mitigate these risks and safeguard sensitive information.

Understanding the Insider Threat

Insider threats can originate from various sources:

  • Malicious insiders: Disgruntled employees or those with malicious intent can deliberately steal, manipulate, or expose sensitive data.
  • Privileged users: Authorized users with elevated access privileges may misuse their credentials or accidentally expose data due to human error.
  • Negligent insiders: Employees who fail to follow proper data security protocols can unknowingly create vulnerabilities.

The potential damage caused by insider threats can be severe, including:

  • Data breaches and leaks
  • Financial losses
  • Reputational damage
  • Regulatory non-compliance

How Server General Strengthens Your Defense

Server General offers a comprehensive suite of data security solutions that address the insider threat by:

  • Minimizing Privileged Access: MySQL Armored by SG and PostgreSQL Armored by SG by default enforce the principle of least privilege, restricting access to data based on the user's role and responsibilities. This reduces the attack surface and the potential for misuse by privileged users.
  • Respecting Existing Access Controls: MySQL Armored by SG and PostgreSQL Armored by SG seamlessly integrate with your existing database access control mechanisms. They don't replace them, but rather act as an additional security layer. This ensures that any access controls you've meticulously configured within the database server itself (like user privileges and access control lists) are still strictly enforced. Server General's solutions then add another layer of security by preventing unauthorized system users from gaining access to the MySQL data entirely.
  • Tamper-Proof Logging: Server General's solutions record all user activity in detail, with logs stored across four geographically dispersed locations. This ensures data immutability, meaning the logs cannot be altered or deleted, providing a clear audit trail for identifying and investigating suspicious activity.
  • Data Encryption at Rest and in Transit: Server General encrypts data at rest within the database and during transfers using robust encryption algorithms. This renders data useless even if it is intercepted by an insider.
  • Customer-Controlled Encryption Keys: With MySQL Armored by SG and PostgreSQL Armored by SG, you retain complete control over your data encryption keys. This eliminates the risk of an insider gaining access to sensitive data through the server provider.

Secure Cloud Archiving for Data Center Customers:

Data center customers can leverage Server General's solutions for an additional layer of security when archiving data in the cloud.  All three products (MySQL Armored by SG, PostgreSQL Armored by SG, and Transfer General) allow you to archive your encrypted data securely in Google Cloud Storage. This ensures that even after it's no longer actively used, your sensitive information remains protected with robust encryption and access controls.

Building a Robust Security Culture

While Server General's solutions provide a powerful technical layer of defense, a holistic approach to insider threat mitigation is crucial. Here are some additional best practices:

  • Implement a strong security awareness program to educate employees about data security best practices and the importance of protecting sensitive information.
  • Conduct regular security audits and penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities in your systems and access controls.
  • Enforce strict data access policies and regularly monitor user activity for suspicious behavior.
  • Foster a culture of security where employees feel comfortable reporting potential security breaches or suspicious activity.


By implementing a layered security approach that combines Server General's advanced data security solutions with strong security practices, organizations, especially data center customers, can significantly reduce the risk of insider threats and safeguard their sensitive data. Server General empowers you to take control of your data security, ensuring compliance and peace of mind in today's ever-evolving threat landscape.

Contact Server General today to learn more about how our solutions can help your organization tackle the insider threat and enhance your overall data security posture.