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Insider Threat: A Guide to Understanding, Detecting, and Defending Against the Enemy from Within by Julie Mehan

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CHAPTER 3: THE UNINTENTIONAL INSIDER THREAT

A lot of evil in the world is actually not intentional.*George Soros64

One of the greatest concerns is that ‘good’ employees can accidentally jeopardize security through unintentional data leaks or other errors. Some of these employees may be victims of social engineering; others may be unintentionally exposing themselves or their employer’s data through the use of social media.

Throughout the earlier chapters of this book, the focus has been on intentional insiders, who receive much of the insider threat ‘hype’. These are individuals who plan to cause damage. However, not all insider threats are deliberate. There is someone else who can endanger an organization – let’s call them the unintentional ...

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