Ethical issues of user behavioral analysis through machine learning

Georg Thomas, Patrick Duessel, Michael Meier

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Due to the ever-growing risk of data leakage and sabotage by internal employees, insider threat detection is receiving increasing attention. Solutions are typically asset-centric and rule-based, providing limited detection capabilities and significant maintenance efforts. Content-based anomaly detection over user behavior is an alternative, but raises ethical questions that need to be addressed before deployment. In this contribution, user-centric content-based behavioral anomaly detection utilizing four ethical dimensions reveals that it requires integration with the organization's data privacy organization, a binding code of conduct for administrative personnel, integration with the organization's security incident management and continuous oversight by management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Information System Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017


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