1st Edition

Insider Threat A Systemic Approach

By Pierre Skorich, Matthew Manning Copyright 2025
    352 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Establishing a new framework for understanding insider risk by focusing on systems of organization within large enterprises, including public, private and not-for-profit sectors, this book analyses practices to better assess, prevent, detect, and respond to insider risk and protect assets and public good.

    Analysing case studies from around the world, the book includes real-world insider threat scenarios to illustrate the outlined framework in the application, as well as to assist accountable entities within organizations to implement the changes required to embed the framework into normal business practices. Based on information, data, applied research and empirical study undertaken over ten years, across a broad range of government departments and agencies in various countries, the framework presented provides a more accurate and systemic method to identifying insider risk, as well as enhanced and cost-effective approaches to investing in prevention, detection and response controls and measuring the impact of controls on risk management and financial or other loss.

    Managing Insider Risk will be of great interest to scholars and students studying white-collar crime, criminal law, public policy and criminology, transnational crime, national security, financial management, international business, and risk management.

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Assessing Risk to Target Investment

    Chapter 3. Organisational Assets at the Centre

    Chapter 4. Understanding Opportunity

    Chapter 5. Understanding and Categorising Beneficiaries

    Chapter 6. Thinking about Motivation

    Chapter 7. Designing and Standardising Controls

    Chapter 8. Understanding Control Effectiveness and Impact

    Chapter 9. Control Assurance and Evaluation

    Chapter 10. Creating and Supporting the Organisational Culture

    Chapter 11. Governing the System

    Appendix A. Control Typologies


    Pierre Skorich has worked for over ten years across a broad range of Australian Government Departments and agencies, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Federal Police, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC, Australia’s Financial Intelligence agency), the Department of Finance, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Regulator, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Attorney-General’s Department. He also led the implementation team for the establishment of Australia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission. 

    Matthew Manning is a future crime scholar. He currently is Head of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. He was previously a full Professor of Criminology at the Australian National University. He has worked in the fields of criminology and economics for two decades. His current research focusses on how new technologies can be exploited to commit crime. Further, his empirical research evaluates strategies, frameworks, and models that can be employed by criminal justice actors to respond to these new and complex crimes.