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Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector

Abstract

This report describes a new insider threat study funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in collaboration with the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and the CERT Insider Threat Center, part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Researchers extracted technical and behavioral patterns from 67 insider and 13 external fraud cases; all 80 cases occurred between 2005 and the present. Using this information, we developed insights and risk indicators of malicious insider activity within the banking and finance sector. This information is intended to help private industry, government, and law enforcement more effectively prevent, deter, detect, investigate, and manage insider threats in this sector.

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SEI

Cummings, Adam; Lewellen, Todd; McIntire, David; Moore, Andrew; & Trzeciak, Randall. Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector (CMU/SEI-2012-SR-004). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=27971

IEEE

Cummings. Adam, Lewellen. Todd, McIntire. David, Moore. Andrew, and Trzeciak. Randall, "Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Special Report CMU/SEI-2012-SR-004, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=27971

APA

Cummings, Adam., Lewellen, Todd., McIntire, David., Moore, Andrew., & Trzeciak, Randall. (2012). Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector (CMU/SEI-2012-SR-004). Retrieved October 25, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=27971

CHI

Adam Cummings, Todd Lewellen, David McIntire, Andrew Moore, & Randall Trzeciak. Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector (CMU/SEI-2012-SR-004). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=27971

MLA

Cummings, Adam., Lewellen, Todd., McIntire, David., Moore, Andrew., & Trzeciak, Randall. 2012. Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2012-SR-004). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=27971