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The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes (Theft, Sabotage, Fraud)

By Dawn M. Cappelli, Andrew P. Moore, Randall F. Trzeciak

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional

Published Date: Jan 26, 2012

Description

Since 2001, the CERT® Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has collected and analyzed information about more than seven hundred insider cyber crimes, ranging from national security espionage to theft of trade secrets. The CERT® Guide to Insider Threats describes CERT’s findings in practical terms, offering specific guidance and countermeasures that can be immediately applied by executives, managers, security officers, and operational staff within any private, government, or military organization.

 

The authors systematically address attacks by all types of malicious insiders, including current and former employees, contractors, business partners, outsourcers, and even cloud-computing vendors. They cover all major types of insider cyber crime: IT sabotage, intellectual property theft, and fraud. For each, they present a crime profile describing how the crime tends to evolve over time, as well as motivations, attack methods, organizational issues, and precursor warnings that could have helped the organization prevent the incident or detect it earlier. Beyond identifying crucial patterns of suspicious behavior, the authors present concrete defensive measures for protecting both systems and data.

 

This book also conveys the big picture of the insider threat problem over time: the complex interactions and unintended consequences of existing policies, practices, technology, insider mindsets, and organizational culture. Most important, it offers actionable recommendations for the entire organization, from executive management and board members to IT, data owners, HR, and legal departments.

 

With this book, you will find out how to

  • Identify hidden signs of insider IT sabotage, theft of sensitive information, and fraud
  • Recognize insider threats throughout the software development life cycle
  • Use advanced threat controls to resist attacks by both technical and nontechnical insiders
  • Increase the effectiveness of existing technical security tools by enhancing rules, configurations, and associated business processes
  • Prepare for unusual insider attacks, including attacks linked to organized crime or the Internet underground

By implementing this book’s security practices, you will be incorporating protection mechanisms designed to resist the vast majority of malicious insider attacks.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxxi

 

Chapter 1: Overview 1

True Stories of Insider Attacks 3

The Expanding Complexity of Insider Threats 6

Breakdown of Cases in the Insider Threat Database 7

CERT’s MERIT Models of Insider Threats 9

Overview of the CERT Insider Threat Center 13

Timeline of the CERT Program’s Insider Threat Work. 16

Caveats about Our Work 20

Summary 20

 

Chapter 2: Insider IT Sabotage 23

General Patterns in Insider IT Sabotage Crimes 28

Mitigation Strategies 46

Summary 59

 

Chapter 3: Insider Theft of Intellectual Property 61

Impacts 66

General Patterns in Insider Theft of Intellectual Property Crimes 68

The Entitled Independent 69

The Ambitious Leader 78

Theft of IP inside the United States Involving Foreign Governments or Organizations 83

Mitigation Strategies for All Theft of Intellectual Property Cases 88

Mitigation Strategies: Final Thoughts 97

Summary 98

 

Chapter 4: Insider Fraud 101

General Patterns in Insider Fraud Crimes 106

Insider Fraud Involving Organized Crime 115

Organizational Issues of Concern and Potential Countermeasures 120

Mitigation Strategies: Final Thoughts 126

Summary 127

 

Chapter 5: Insider Threat Issues in the Software Development Life Cycle 129

Requirements and System Design Oversights 131

System Implementation, Deployment, and Maintenance Issues 136

Programming Techniques Used As an Insider Attack Tool 139

Mitigation Strategies 142

Summary 143

 

Chapter 6: Best Practices for the Prevention and Detection of Insider Threats 145

Summary of Practices 146

Practice 1: Consider Threats from Insiders and Business Partners in Enterprise-Wide Risk Assessments 151

Practice 2: Clearly Document and Consistently Enforce Policies and Controls 155

Practice 3: Institute Periodic Security Awareness Training for All Employees 159

Practice 4: Monitor and Respond to Suspicious or Disruptive Behavior, Beginning with the Hiring Process 164

Practice 5: Anticipate and Manage Negative Workplace Issues 168

Practice 6: Track and Secure the Physical Environment 171

Practice 7: Implement Strict Password- and Account-Management Policies and Practices 174

Practice 8: Enforce Separation of Duties and Least Privilege 178

Practice 9: Consider Insider Threats in the Software Development Life Cycle 182

Practice 10: Use Extra Caution with System Administrators and Technical or Privileged Users 187

Practice 11: Implement System Change Controls 191

Practice 12: Log, Monitor, and Audit Employee Online Actions 195

Practice 13: Use Layered Defense against Remote Attacks 200

Practice 14: Deactivate Computer Access Following Termination 203

Practice 15: Implement Secure Backup and Recovery Processes 207

Practice 16: Develop an Insider Incident Response Plan 211

Summary 213

References/Sources of Best Practices 214

 

Chapter 7: Technical Insider Threat Controls 215

Infrastructure of the Lab 217

Demonstrational Videos 218

High-Priority Mitigation Strategies 219

Control 1: Use of Snort to Detect Exfiltration of Credentials Using IRC 220

Control 2: Use of SiLK to Detect Exfiltration of Data Using VPN 221

Control 3: Use of a SIEM Signature to Detect Potential Precursors to Insider IT Sabotage 223

Control 4: Use of Centralized Logging to Detect Data Exfiltration during an Insider’s Last Days of Employment 231

Insider Threat Exercises 239

Summary 239

 

Chapter 8: Case Examples 241

Sabotage Cases 241

Sabotage/Fraud Cases 256

Theft of IP Cases 258

Fraud Cases 262

Miscellaneous Cases 269

Summary 273

 

Chapter 9: Conclusion and Miscellaneous Issues 275

Insider Threat from Trusted Business Partners 275

Malicious Insiders with Ties to the Internet Underground 286

Final Summary 293

 

Appendix A: Insider Threat Center Products and Services 299

Appendix B: Deeper Dive into the Data 307

Appendix C: CyberSecurity Watch Survey 319

Appendix D: Insider Threat Database Structure 325

Appendix E: Insider Threat Training Simulation: MERIT InterActive 333

Appendix F: System Dynamics Background 345

 

Glossary of Terms 351

References 359

About the Authors 365

Index 369

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