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Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners [Hardcover]

Nick Catrantzos
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May 17, 2012 1439872929 978-1439872925 0

An adversary who attacks an organization from within can prove fatal to the organization and is generally impervious to conventional defenses. Drawn from the findings of an award-winning thesis, Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners is the first comprehensive resource to use social science research to explain why traditional methods fail against these trust betrayers. In this groundbreaking book, author Nick Catrantzos identifies new management, security, and workplace strategies for categorizing and defeating insider threats.

The book begins with problem definition and research findings that lead to the "No Dark Corners" strategy for addressing insider threats. With these foundational underpinnings, the book then examines agents of change within the workplace—namely, key players in positions to effectively support or undermine the No Dark Corners strategy, including corporate sentinels and leaders affecting application of this approach.

From there, the author goes on to examine key areas where No Dark Corners-style engagement can make a difference in the way an institution counters insider threats—through rethinking background investigations, recognizing deception, and using lawful disruption. Moving progressively from the theoretical to the practical in applying the strategy within an organizational framework, the book looks at implementation challenges and offers a framework for introducing new insider defense insights into an organization.

Each chapter offers questions to stimulate discussion and exercises or problems suitable for team projects. This practical resource enables those charged with protecting an organization from internal threats to circumvent these predators before they jeopardize the workplace and sabotage business operations.

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"Throughout the work, Nick Catrantzos brings his experience in government and the private sector to bear in innovative and effective ways. Catrantzos focuses on critical issues such as why infiltrators are more dangerous than ordinary disgruntled employees, what deception is all about and how it relates to insider threats, and how senior organizational officials have more tools available to them than they realize to deal with such situations."
—Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC, Security Management, September 2013

About the Author

Nick Catrantzos teaches homeland security and emergency management for the School of Management, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Formerly a security director for a large public utility and critical infrastructure, he previously directed operations for two international security consultancies, Control Risks and Kroll Associates, and led public sector vulnerability assessments under ManTech Security Technologies. In 2009, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Master’s Program, where he won top writing honors for his thesis on insider threats. As an intelligence collector, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service to two government agencies.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (May 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439872929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439872925
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Defender against insider threats and other human rascality. A line and staff manager troubleshooting for underperforming organizations, building new ones, or representing others as a geographically separated factotum. Now specializing in prevention.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful May 31, 2012
Well written book on an important subject that is often overlooked by large organizations. Since very little research has been done on this subject, I found this to be a one-of-a-kind book worthy of a read.
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Formidable and so much more than just a text for students. A solid reference tool for military and civilian organizations in which the failure of organizational policy and leadership awareness can lead to a dark corner where human assets can violate their own code of conduct. Should be required reading for anyone concerned with Homeland Security, Force Protection, Information Security and Law Enforcement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills a critical niche August 22, 2012
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This book is a welcome contribution to the study of insider threats - the dangers posed by individuals who have legitimate entrée to trusted information and access to systems within institutions or infrastructures. According to a study carried out by CISCO, 39 percent of IT professionals surveyed were more concerned about insider threats than about external hackers. Disgruntled employees, those recruited by outsiders or those who purposefully infiltrate an organization pose a serious threat to companies, the economy and national infrastructures.
Catrantzos's book fills an important niche in bringing together the various aspects of this phenomenon in a way that others have not previously done. While studies exist that focus on aspects of the phenomenon: such as the mindset and motivations of individuals who become insider threats or those that focus on technical solutions to enhance information security, prior to the publication of Managing the Insider Threat, the field lacked a comprehensive tome that addressed all aspects of the issue. Happily, Catrantzos has rectified this problem and his work looks not only at new research into the insider threat phenomenon but also at the key players that impact the degree to which this problem can be mitigated or, failing that, managed. In addition, Catrantzos looks at best practices in the area of background investigations, detecting deception and the legal tools and pitfalls involved in coping with insider threats. Finally, the book looks at categories of insider threats, from existential ones to those that can lead to individual workplace violence or individual acts of embezzlement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark People in Dark Corners June 18, 2012
By Melissa
Mr. Catrantzos puts the nail in the coffin for those thinking about threatening their organizations from the inside. Protecting ones own organization and their famiies is now achievable and manageable with the simple steps brilliantly compiled into easy to digest steps. Executives of public and private sector organizations will benefit from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NICK CATRANTZOS - Must buy for Homeland Security May 30, 2012
This is an essential text for all who take the issues and practice of Homeland Security seriously and a practice manual for all who are on the front lines in fighting trust betrayal.

I first met and worked alongside Nick Catrantzos nearly 30 years ago on some of the nation's most secretive projects.

The secret he reveals in this fine book is that most of the most devastating and most frequent security breaches in government and private enterprise alike come not from clandestine foreign villains but from numbskull insiders who either inadvertently or through malice towards their coworkers and raw greed reveal institutional confidences and betray trusts in ways that can hurt and destroy the strongest enterprise.
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