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Detecting insider threats through language change.

Taylor, PJ, Dando, CJ, Ormerod, TC, Ball, LJ, Jenkins, MC, Sandham, A and Menacere, T (2013) Detecting insider threats through language change. Law Hum Behav, 37 (4). pp. 267-275.

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Abstract

The act of conducting an insider attack carries with it cognitive and social challenges that may affect an offender's day-to-day work behavior. We test this hypothesis by examining the language used in e-mails that were sent as part of a 6-hr workplace simulation. The simulation involved participants (N = 54) examining databases and exchanging information as part of a four-stage organized crime investigation. After the first stage, 25% of the participants were covertly incentivized to act as an "insider" by providing information to a provocateur. Analysis of the language used in participants' e-mails found that insiders became more self-focused, showed greater negative affect, and showed more cognitive processing compared to their coworkers. At the interpersonal level, insiders showed significantly more deterioration in the degree to which their language mimicked other team members over time. Our findings demonstrate how language may provide an indirect way of identifying employees who are undertaking an insider attack.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Taylor, PJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dando, CJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ormerod, TCt.ormerod@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Ball, LJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jenkins, MCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sandham, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Menacere, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : August 2013
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000032
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:58
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/825850

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