Behavior Patterns That Can Indicate an Insider Threat

WSJ: Insider threats are seldom impulsive acts. Employees wishing to harm a current or former employer, business partner, or client—whether by stealing trade or government secrets, sabotaging information systems, or even opening fire on colleagues—usually plan their actions. Some wish to get revenge against an organization they believe wronged them. Others seek some kind of personal or financial gain, or to point out a perceived injustice. Still others may operate as spies for a foreign government. Regardless of their motivation, their plans often percolate for weeks, months, or even years before they act. Recent revelations about a member of the U.S. intelligence community leaking national security documents has once again put public and private sector organizations on alert to insider threats.

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