A socio-technical perspective to counter cyber-enabled industrial espionage

Moufida Sadok, Christine Welch, Peter Bednar

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The ubiquitous digitization of information and the pervasive connectivity of work systems have inevitably facilitated cyber-enabled industrial espionage. Security failures explain most of cyber industrial espionage incidents, and insider threats represent a significant pattern in many case examples. Insiders can inadvertently or purposefully pose serious threats to organisations by facilitating access to or misuse of proprietary sensitive data. This paper argues that technical security solutions have rather limited scope to tackle this problem, and that a socio-technical approach has potential to provide a better means to address the challenge of preventing and responding to insider threats. Such an approach could bridge the gap between the design and implementation of security solutions and creation of an organizational culture that is security aware.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number1
Early online date13 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


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