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Overview of. Insider Attacks. Joe B. Taylor CS 591 Fall 2008. Introduction. Thriving defense manufacturing firm System administrator angered His role diminished with network he created Intimidates co-worker, obtains only backup tapes Terminated for abusive treatment of co-workers

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Overview of

Overview of

Insider Attacks

Joe B. Taylor

CS 591

Fall 2008


Introduction

Introduction

  • Thriving defense manufacturing firm

    • System administrator angered

    • His role diminished with network he created

    • Intimidates co-worker, obtains only backup tapes

    • Terminated for abusive treatment of co-workers

    • Logic bomb deletes system

    • $10 Million in damage to the company

    • 80 employees laid off

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What is an insider attack

What is an Insider Attack?

  • Insider: person with legitimate access

  • Attack: harm or damage

  • Common goals

    • Sabotage

    • Theft of intellectual property

    • Fraud

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Who are these insiders

Who are these Insiders?

  • The typical attacker

    • 32 years old

    • Male

    • Former full-time employee

    • System Administrator

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Why do they attack

Why do they Attack?

  • Revenge

    • Termination

    • Disputes with employers

    • Demotions

    • Dissatisfaction with salary or bonuses

  • Greed

    • Most not in financial need

    • Outsiders persuade and pay for modifying data

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When do they attack

When do they Attack?

  • After a negative work-related event

  • After displaying concerning behavior at work

  • After planning the attack

  • After technical preparation

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How do we mitigate the risk

How do we mitigate the risk?

  • Awareness

    • Train employees on the importance of security

    • Train management on the warning signs

  • Prevention

    • Effective implementation of available protection

    • Expectation setting and positive intervention

  • Deterrence

    • Feedback to insiders about insider misuse

    • Publicize presence of capabilities to detect misuse

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References

References

  • Management and Education of the Risk of Insider Threat (MERIT): Mitigating the Risk of Sabotage to Employers’ Information, Systems, or Networks

  • Common Sense Guide to Prevention and Detection of Insider Threats: Version 2.1

  • Insider Threat Study: Computer System Sabotage in Critical Infrastructure Sectors

  • The "Big Picture" of Insider IT Sabotage Across U.S. Critical Infrastructures

  • DoD Insider Threat Mitigation

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