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By Araviin ·
I am a student pursuing diploma in business informatics and i am currently taking a module known as "Information Security". I have been assigned with a project related to the top 10 information security threats in the past years. I am currently writing a report regarding malicious insiders.

Malicious Insiders:
I would truely appreciate if you could answer the following questions that i have in mind that would certainly assist me in writing the report.


Q1) What is the cause of the threat?

Q2) Why is there the threat?

Q3) Nature of threat: How and when does the threat works?


I would truely appreciate if you could get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Depends on what exactly you mean by Malicious I suppose

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Malicious Insiders

To me it means with Intent and that's easy to answer

Q1) What is the cause of the threat?

Answer The Company.

The company treats it's staff so badly that they need to take every opportunity to get something extra to live.

Q2) Why is there the threat?

Answer The Company

It treats it's staff so badly those that can not move on get Pi$$ed off and take them to the cleaners.

Q3) Nature of threat: How and when does the threat works?

Answer not quite so easy but still the Company

They treat the staff so badly that they get bitten on the Ass and are not supported by the staff who they use and abuse.

Basically screw the staff for everything and they will respond in kind.

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Hmmm

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Malicious Insiders

Cause .
Either you let a bad guy in, or turned a good guy who was into bad guy. The latter is far more likely.
Why? Insiders know things that outsiders don't, and knowledge is power.

Nature, depends on what it is. Insider trading, industrial espionage, whistleblowing, critical knowledge...

The thing to remember is any insider has some power to threaten, from the cleaner who found a condom in the bin, to the coder who knows there's an unpatched vulnerability in the product, to the CFO who knows that the current cash flow position is stretched. All you can do on the front is limit your vulnerability, So if they CFO and the programmer are shagging after hours and the cleaner blackmails them, you are in trouble. Why people become malicious, well some people do take being done up like kipper for sound business reasons, personally.
Malicious insiders while high profile are a minimal threat compared to say apathetic insiders, who generally are the ones who turned someone mailcious.

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