Insider Threat Detection In Corporate Espionage and Cyber-Espionage

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Book Chapter

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In E. de Silva (Ed.), National Security and Counterintelligence in the Era of Cyber Espionage. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference

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National Security will always be threatened by individuals internal to the organization in the form of an insider-threat and external to the organization in the form of corporate espionage or cyber-espionage. Therefore, insider-threat detection methods, security precautions, authentication processes, and standard operating procedures for employees should be in place to try to reduce the instances of an insider-threat and/or an external threat breaching the security of an organization, institution, company, or governmental agency. Espionage and cyber-espionage can and does occur; however, it is not usually made public knowledge and when it does, it can have grave effects on the organization, institution, company, or governmental agency in which it occurred. Within this chapter the author explores how an insider-threat in the form of a Data Scientist, Penetration Tester, or Data Analyst can use their education, access, and background to gain access to systems and information that can be of value to external organizations, institutions, companies, and/or governmental agencies.