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Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study

  • Abstract

    This report examines the problem of unintentional insider threat (UIT) by developing an operational definition of UIT, reviewing relevant research to gain a better understanding of its causes and contributing factors, providing examples of UIT cases and the frequencies of UIT occurrences across several categories, and presenting initial thinking on potential mitigation strategies and countermeasures. Because this research topic has largely been unrecognized, a major goal of this study is to inform government and industry stakeholders about the problem and its potential causes and to guide research and development (R&D) investments toward the highest priority R&D requirements for countering UIT. 

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SEI

Insider Threat Team, CERT. Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-022). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=58744

IEEE

Insider Threat Team. CERT, "Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2013-TN-022, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=58744

APA

Insider Threat Team, CERT. (2013). Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-022). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=58744

CHI

CERT Insider Threat Team. Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-022). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=58744

MLA

Insider Threat Team, CERT. 2013. Unintentional Insider Threats: A Foundational Study (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2013-TN-022). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=58744