Title

Das menschliche Problem: Addressing human factors in information assurance

Date of Award

5-27-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Information & Comm Technology

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Info & Communications Technol

Advisor

Holger Weinhardt

Keywords

computer; computer security; espionage; human factors; information assurance; information security; insider threats; Turing

Abstract

Organizations are constantly challenged by internal threats. This paper examines challenges dealing with internal information threats. Governments and corporations have initial employment background checks, but existing practices do not address change in human motivations and behavior. Security clearances last five to ten years, but user behavior, motivation, and actions can change greatly in a relatively short period of time. Leaked documents represent a growing problem from internal threats. This project identifies negative human factors in information assurance, through the use of archival data. Next, the paper proposes the use of qualitative risk values for human factor elements. Finally, the paper addresses how human factors might be used in a software monitoring solution allowing organizations to monitor their greatest identified threats.

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