Enemy at the Water Cooler: Real-Life Stories of Insider Threats and Enterprise Security Management Countermeasures

Enemy at the Water Cooler: Real-Life Stories of Insider Threats and Enterprise Security Management Countermeasures (Syngress, September 2006) by Brian Contos is the definitive book for CIOs, CSOs and CEOs looking to battle the rising tide of security threats posed by their own trusted employees, consultants and partners. According to William P. Crowell, former Deputy Directory of the National Security Agency, “Brian Contos has created what few security specialists can claim: a truly readable book about the threats to our business from insiders … Enemy at the Water Cooler is a must read for CIOs and security officers everywhere, but it is also part of the literature that CEOs and government leaders should read.”

Enemy at the Water Cooler covers over a decade of the author’s work with some of the largest commercial and government agencies around the world in addressing cyber security related to malicious insiders. It explores organized crime, terrorist threats, hackers and activist groups. It then addresses the steps that organizations must take to address insider threats at a people, process and technology level.

Contos’ book provides a new perspective to the growing concern over insider threats. Insider threats warrant being among the top concerns of IT professionals and businesses alike, but to date, there have been no other books that talk about the threat to businesses from insiders who know how to attack the critical components of modern business, the computers, applications and networks that make it all work.


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About the Author

Brian T. Contos has real-world security engineering and management expertise developed in over a decade of working in some of the most sensitive and mission-critical environments in the world. For four years as ArcSight’s CSO, he has advised government organizations and major corporations on security strategies related to Enterprise Security Management solutions and has evangelised the technology. He has delivered speeches, interviews, performed webcasts and podcasts and published countless security articles for publications such as: The London Times, Computerworld, SC Magazine, Tech News World, Financial Sector Technology, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Journal. Contos has held security management and engineering positions at Riptech (a Managed Security Services Provider acquired by Symantec), Lucent Bell Labs, Compaq Computers and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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