Secure team composition to thwart insider threats and cyber-espionage

Aron Laszka, Benjamin Johnson, Pascal Schöttle, Jens Grossklags, Rainer Böhme

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We develop a formal nondeterministic game model for secure team composition to counter cyber-espionage and to protect organizational secrets against an attacker who tries to sidestep technical securitymechanisms by offering a bribe to a project team member. The game captures the adversarial interaction between the attacker and the project manager who has a secret she wants to protect but must share with a team of individuals selected from within her organization. Our interdisciplinary work is important in the face of the multipronged approaches utilized by well-motivated attackers to circumvent the fortifications of otherwise well-defended targets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2663499
JournalACM Transactions on Internet Technology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Access control
  • Cyber-espionage
  • Game theory
  • Human factor
  • Insider threat
  • Management of information security


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