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Mitigating insider threats from a people perspective

Brian Contos | May 5, 2016
Insiders can both be witting and unwitting.

Mitigating insider threats is an ongoing effort that requires a holistic approach that encompasses technological as well as human solutions. Additionally, organizational and situational factors can help mitigate the threat posed by these individuals such as familiarizing security policies with the staff and promoting a security conscious culture. 

For addressing the motivating factors typically associated with insider threat activity, there are some initiatives an organization can undertake. For example, organizations can provide resources for employees to address complaints, concerns, and/or frustrations to combat dissatisfaction and resentment. 

For those driven by ego or reward, employee recognition programs that offer financial and/or praise employee achievements may help neutralize negativity. While not exhaustive, these people-perspective endeavors can proactively mitigate potential insiders from emerging in your workforce. 

Source: CSO 


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