Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners (Anglais) Relié – 19 juin 2012
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Présentation de l'éditeur
An adversary who attacks an organization from within can prove fatal to the organization and is generally impervious to conventional defenses. Drawn from the findings of an award-winning thesis, Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners is the first comprehensive resource to use social science research to explain why traditional methods fail against these trust betrayers. In this groundbreaking book, author Nick Catrantzos identifies new management, security, and workplace strategies for categorizing and defeating insider threats.
The book begins with problem definition and research findings that lead to the "No Dark Corners" strategy for addressing insider threats. With these foundational underpinnings, the book then examines agents of change within the workplace―namely, key players in positions to effectively support or undermine the No Dark Corners strategy, including corporate sentinels and leaders affecting application of this approach.
From there, the author goes on to examine key areas where No Dark Corners-style engagement can make a difference in the way an institution counters insider threats―through rethinking background investigations, recognizing deception, and using lawful disruption. Moving progressively from the theoretical to the practical in applying the strategy within an organizational framework, the book looks at implementation challenges and offers a framework for introducing new insider defense insights into an organization.
Each chapter offers questions to stimulate discussion and exercises or problems suitable for team projects. This practical resource enables those charged with protecting an organization from internal threats to circumvent these predators before they jeopardize the workplace and sabotage business operations.
Biographie de l'auteur
Nick Catrantzos teaches homeland security and emergency management for the School of Management, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Formerly a security director for a large public utility and critical infrastructure, he previously directed operations for two international security consultancies, Control Risks and Kroll Associates, and led public sector vulnerability assessments under ManTech Security Technologies. In 2009, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Master’s Program, where he won top writing honors for his thesis on insider threats. As an intelligence collector, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service to two government agencies.
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Catrantzos's book fills an important niche in bringing together the various aspects of this phenomenon in a way that others have not previously done. While studies exist that focus on aspects of the phenomenon: such as the mindset and motivations of individuals who become insider threats or those that focus on technical solutions to enhance information security, prior to the publication of Managing the Insider Threat, the field lacked a comprehensive tome that addressed all aspects of the issue. Happily, Catrantzos has rectified this problem and his work looks not only at new research into the insider threat phenomenon but also at the key players that impact the degree to which this problem can be mitigated or, failing that, managed. In addition, Catrantzos looks at best practices in the area of background investigations, detecting deception and the legal tools and pitfalls involved in coping with insider threats. Finally, the book looks at categories of insider threats, from existential ones to those that can lead to individual workplace violence or individual acts of embezzlement. The book also includes, the appendices, some very interesting findings from a Delphi survey of managers on the insider threat issue and their respective perceptions of it.
In addition to providing a very comprehensive and inclusive overview of the different facets of the problem, Managing the Insider Threat also provides very practical recommendations for mitigating the various facets of the insider threat phenomenon. From questions for online and classroom discussion (with an answer guide) to exercises for group projects to checklists for managers trying to gauge and cope with threats, Catrantzos has created a volume that will be incredibly useful for students studying the problem to managers and consultants requiring a strategy and specific policies to cope with this increasingly destructive phenomenon.
Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners is a book that is just as academically relevant as it is practitioner-relevant. The book is superbly organized, clearly written and provides excellent analysis, while also being very readable.
I first met and worked alongside Nick Catrantzos nearly 30 years ago on some of the nation's most secretive projects.
The secret he reveals in this fine book is that most of the most devastating and most frequent security breaches in government and private enterprise alike come not from clandestine foreign villains but from numbskull insiders who either inadvertently or through malice towards their coworkers and raw greed reveal institutional confidences and betray trusts in ways that can hurt and destroy the strongest enterprise.
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