Chapter 10

Insider Risks and Threats to Intangible Assets

Information asset protection professionals frequently use the 20-60-20 rule to characterize insider threats. According to this rule, approximately 20% of employees are inherently honest and possess consistently high levels of personal and professional integrity; 20% of employees reside on the opposite end of the spectrum and are likely inherently dishonest and unethical individuals who possess little, if any, sense of professional and personal integrity or loyalty; and within the middle 60% lie employees who do not demonstrate a particular receptivity or proclivity to engage in dishonest, unethical, or illegal acts but do so based on their interpretation of their employer’s reactions to ...

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