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Chapter 1. Overview > CERT’s MERIT Models of Insider Threats

CERT’s MERIT Models of Insider Threats

MERIT stands for Management and Education of the Risk of Insider Threat. As part of the MERIT project we developed a series of models and associated tools that evolved into the assessments, workshops, and technical solutions you will read about in the remainder of this book.


MERIT stands for Management and Education of the Risk of Insider Threat.


As you read this book, you will notice that we rely heavily on our insider threat models for designing the most effective mitigation strategies. Our insider threat database yields a wealth of information regarding the details of hundreds of insider crimes. It is quite useful to be able to determine the number of permanent employees versus contractors, the number of insiders who constructed logic bombs,2 how many organizations experienced a reduction in force before an insider attack, and so on, directly from our database. However, because of the complexity of the insider threat issue, we feel that understanding the “big picture” of the problem is the key to success in overcoming it. The insider threat models help describe and communicate this big picture.


  

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