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Towards an Insider Threat Prediction Specification Language
Magklaras GB, Furnell SM, Brooke PJ
Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 14, no. 4, pp361-381, 2006

This concept paper presents the process of constructing a language tailored to describing insider threat incidents, for the purposes of mitigating threats originating from legitimate users in an IT infrastructure. Various information security surveys indicate that misuse by legitimate (insider) users has serious implications for the health of IT environments. A brief discussion of survey data and insider threat concepts is followed by an overview of existing research efforts to mitigate this particular problem. None of the existing insider threat mitigation frameworks provide facilities for systematically describing the elements of misuse incidents, and thus all threat mitigation frameworks could benefit from the existence of a domain specific language for describing legitimate user actions. The paper presents a language development methodology which centres upon ways to abstract the insider threat domain and approaches to encode the abstracted information into language semantics. Due to lack of suitable insider case repositories, and the fact that most insider misuse frameworks have not been extensively implemented in practice, the aforementioned language construction methodology is based upon observed information security survey trends and the study of existing insider threat and intrusion specification frameworks. The development of a domain specific language goes through various stages of refinement that might eventually contradict these preliminary findings.

Magklaras GB, Furnell SM, Brooke PJ