When Bad Actors Get Hold of AI

This article sets out three ways that ‘bad actors’ might exploit AI technologies and how we can help you mitigate the risks to your organisation.

Insider Prevention and Response: A virtuous circle

When I worked in Government Security, I was involved in numerous investigations into poor behaviour by civil servants and security clearance holders. By contrast, at Blacksmiths, my focus has been much more on preventing insider incidents than on investigating them. However, we did recently get involved in an investigation which contained some useful and interesting…
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Generational Divides and Insider Threat

Generational values It was 1989, my first day at work, and I was wearing a rather fetching trouser suit. A senior male colleague approached me and informed me severely that ‘women in this organisation do not wear slacks.’ With a sharp shock, I realised that my personal attitudes – not to mention my vocabulary –…
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The Benefits of Being Small

Last week in the supermarket something very unusual happened to me. A lady asked me to reach up for a can of drink from a top shelf. At 5’8’’ in my pomp and shrinking fast, this is not something I am used to, and I have spent much of my life finding few benefits to…
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Why Don’t Reporting Cultures Work?

Most organisations we work with talk about the need for a strong reporting culture. It’s all there in the policies about what people should do when they see colleagues behaving badly or spot a security risk. But in practice, people just don’t do it. And it’s not that they don’t notice this stuff. Every time…
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Work from Home, Hybrid Working or Return to Work? What Does it Mean for Insider Risk?

My son has been working from home (my home, not his!) for the first year of his professional life. His on-site physical presence is required only once or twice a month, so at first, we saw quite a lot of him. Recently, however, bored and a bit lonely, he has started voluntarily going in to…
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Insiders Outside: Is your supply chain your biggest vulnerability?

How much does your company know about the people in its supply chain and the risks that they pose? It’s a question worth asking.

Jack Teixeira: A new breed of national security insider?

Does Jack Teixeira, the recently arrested U.S national guardsman, represent a new breed of national security insider? We think so. Here’s why.

Organisational Trust: How much is too much?

Organisational trust is a tricky subject. What is trust? And how much is too much? Our insider risk experts give their thoughts on the subject.

Organisational Culture and Good Security

Our behavioural science lead for insider risk explains the relationship between organisational culture and security culture. Click to read.