The enemy within? The connection between insider threat and terrorism

David BaMaung, David McIllhatton*, Murdo MacDonald, Rona Beattie

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    While the threat from terrorism has gained widespread acknowledgment over the last decade, the infiltration of organizations by “terrorist” insiders has not, and the potential dangers these individuals present has not been fully explored. There is a need to understand the wider aspects of insider threats, including motivations and attack methodologies, and to be able to demonstrate the potential devastation that could be caused. Organizations can attempt to mitigate the potential for insider infiltration by both terrorist and other hostile actors, and if such individuals were within an organization, there are procedures and strategies that can be employed to prevent exploitation of existing organizational vulnerabilities and detection of insiders. This article provides an informed and new approach to the connection between insider threat and terrorism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-150
    Number of pages18
    JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
    Issue number2
    Early online date27 Dec 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


    • insider threat
    • security
    • HRM
    • terrorism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting
    • General Social Sciences


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