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Understanding Insider Threats


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.

Published: 02 May 2016

ID: G00297372

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt Anton Chuvakin

Table Of Contents


  • 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


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