The "human factor" in cybersecurity: exploring the accidental insider

Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517, 2018. The "human factor" in cybersecurity: exploring the accidental insider. In: J. McAlaney, L.A. Frumkin and V. Benson, eds., Psychological and behavioral examinations in cyber security. Advances in digital crime, forensics, and cyber terrorism . Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 46-63. ISBN 9781522540533

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A great deal of research has been devoted to the exploration and categorization of threats posed from malicious attacks from current employees who are disgruntled with the organisation, or are motivated by financial gain. These so-called “insider threats” pose a growing menace to information security, but given the right mechanisms, they have the potential to be detected and caught. In contrast, human factors related to aspects of poor planning, lack of attention to detail, and ignorance are linked to the rise of the accidental or unintentional insider. In this instance there is no malicious intent and no prior planning for their “attack,” but their actions can be equally as damaging and disruptive to the organisation. This chapter presents an exploration of fundamental human factors that could contribute to an individual becoming an unintentional threat. Furthermore, key frameworks for designing mitigations for such threats are also presented, alongside suggestions for future research in this area.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Hadlington, L.
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, PA
Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781522540533
ISSN: 2327-0381
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Sep 2019 13:17
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 13:18

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