Insider Threats

Insider threat is defined as the threat that an insider will use his or her authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to the Department’s mission, resources, personnel, facilities, information, equipment, networks, or systems.

Whether accidentally or deliberately, insiders may disclose —or help to disclose— confidential customer information, intellectual property and the organization’s cash assets.

Current employees, former employees, contractors, business partners, etc. are insiders who may pose as a threat. Any person who has direct access to a company’s computer systems and data, including suppliers, can also harm an organization.

Insiders differ in motivation, awareness, level of access, and intent. If a fraudster’s target is inside of protected system, they focus on obtaining an employee’s access information to the data. Fraudsters use many tactics and techniques (such as phishing emails, watering hole attacks, and malicious code). With credentials, fraudsters can move laterally within a system, increase their privileges, make changes, and access sensitive data or cash resources.

There are different technical and non-technical controls that organizations can adopt to detect and prevent each type of internal threat. Each type of internal threat presents different symptoms for security teams to diagnose. However, by understanding the attackers’ motivations, security teams can proactively approach insider threat defense. After establishing a threat model, organizations can focus on detecting and remediating insider threats and security breaches.

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