An insider is anyone that has, or has had access to an organization’s resources, facilities and information, network or systems.

The threat an insider will use her or his authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to their organization or the security of the United States.

Anyone can be at risk of becoming a threat, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Insider Threats can manifest in a plethora of ways, to include but not limited to: espionage, workplace violence, sabotage, theft, trade secret theft, unauthorized disclosure, cyber threats, terrorism and fraud.

Impacts from insider threats include, but are not limited to: resource degradation, harm to national security, reduced military strength and mission readiness; potential injury to persons, and even loss of life; loss of organizational reputation, innovation, and industry advantage; and ­financial instability.

  1. Promote Awareness
  2. Establish An Insider threat Program
  3. Train the Workforce
  4. Support through Reporting

Insider Threat Programs are designed to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by insiders who may pose a threat to their organization. Insider Threat Programs employ holistic and multidisciplinary responses when managing insiders who are at risk, while maintaining their privacy and civil liberties.

September was delegated as National Insider Threat Awareness Month. During NITAM, federal agencies and departments and industry, work collaboratively to emphasize the importance of preparing the workforce to deter, detect, and mitigate threats posed from trusted insiders. Throughout the month, various events and materials are produced, affording audiences the opportunity to learn more about threats posed by insiders, insider threat programs, and supporting through reporting.

There are unlimited ways to participate in NITAM to include but not limited to:

  1. Developing or distributing awareness materials
  2. Hosting an Insider Threat Awareness Day
  3. Participating in and/or attending webinars

We also encourage employees to stay vigilant throughout the year. CDSE provides an annual Vigilance Campaign to supplement required annual insider threat awareness training. PDF icon

Several organizations within the DOD and USG come together to brainstorm potential themes for the year, based on the evolving threat environment. Concepts such as the role of insider threat programs, reporting concerning behavior, and the importance of privacy and civil liberties will remain perennial.

Absolutely. Utilizing training and awareness materials can better equip your organization to recognize and report potential insider threats.

The Insider Threat Sentry Mobile Application is a free interactive application that provides relevant and up-to-date information on Insider Threats. The application provides access to an assortment of multimedia, which includes: news, games, videos, stories and more.

Please contact the Insider Threat Division at dcsa.cdsetraining@mail.mil

Please contact the Insider Threat Division at dcsa.cdsetraining@mail.mil