Accession Number:

ADA453987

Title:

Mitigating Insider Threat Using Human Behavior Influence Models

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

121.0

Abstract:

Insider threat is rapidly becoming the largest information security problem that organizations face. With large numbers of personnel having access to internal systems, it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect organizations from malicious insiders. The typical methods of mitigating insider threat are simply not working, primarily because this threat is a people problem, and most mitigation strategies are geared towards profiling and anomaly detection, which are problematic at best. As a result, a new type of model is proposed in this thesis, one that incorporates risk management with human behavioral science. The new risk-based model focuses on observable influences that affect employees, and identifies employees with increased risk of becoming malicious insiders. The models primary purpose is to differentiate malicious and non-malicious employees. This research details the need for the model, the models components, and how it works. The model is tested using an in-depth case study on Robert Hanssen, the FBIs double agent who sold the Soviets secrets for more than 20 years. Implemented with the right tool, the new model has great potential for use by security personnel in their efforts to mitigate insider threat damage.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE