Keynote: Insider threats and the grey zone of organisational defences: designing an effective security organisation

Denis Fischbacher-Smith (University of Glasgow)

The challenges associated with the management of hostile actors within organisations have taken on a more urgent perspective in the wake of a spate of mass casualty events in both the USA and the EU. Whilst the availability of weapons is invariably the focus of policy makers, the challenges for the organisation lie in terms of the nature and vulnerability of organisational controls, the processes around recruitment, and the abilities to identify and act upon early warnings. This paper sets out a theoretical framework for considering the nature of those vulnerabilities and does so from the perspective of both internal and external threats. The relationships between such threat actors are often symbiotic as external actors will seek to expose internal vulnerabilities by coercing “trusted” employees to allow defences to be bypassed.

About Denis Fischbacher-Smith

Before moving to Glasgow he was Professor of Management at the University of Liverpool where he was also the founding director of the University of Liverpool Management School, which he was appointed to establish in January 2002. Whilst at Liverpool, he also headed the Science Enterprise Centre (ULSEC).  Prior to Liverpool he was previously Professor of Management at the Universities of Sheffield, Durham and John Moores (where he was also Director of the Management School). He has also been a visiting professor at the Universities of Kobe (Japan), San Diego State (USA) and Innsbruck (Austria). He has been a visiting fellow at the Wolfson Institute at the University of Durham and a visiting professor at Brunel University. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Manchester and both Leicester and Nottingham Polytechnics. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Risk Management at the Crighton Institute (Dumfries) and at Edge Hill University.

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