Understanding Insider Threats

Archived Published: 02 May 2016 ID: G00297372

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Risk and information security practitioners struggle to understand and address insider threats. Gartner did an in-depth survey with 186 participants to understand insider threats through current incidents. Here, we summarize the research and identify steps for addressing different kinds of threats.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Insider Threats Are Not Mythical
    • Categorizing the Motives and Attacks
    • Organizations' Approaches to Insider Threats
    • Insider Threat Program Foundations
      • Awareness and Responsibility Must Begin With Leadership
      • Picking Battles and Protecting Crown Jewels
    • Addressing Insider Threats With Controls That Work
      • Technical Controls — They Work But Are Not Enough
      • Behavioral Controls: Administrative, Legal and Policy Communications
      • Popular Controls for Insider Incident Detection
    • How This Research Was Conducted
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusion
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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