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Understanding and Profiling the Insider Threat


LENGTH: 1-5 days

EO 13587 issued October 7, 2011 established the Insider Threat Task Force (ITTF) which developed the National Insider Threat Policy that aimed to strengthen the protection and safeguarding of classified information from the insider threat.  The ITTF directed that executive agencies issue minimum standards and guidance for implementing insider threat program capabilities throughout the executive branch.  These standards must include: employee awareness training of the insider threat, the inherent risk posed to classified information by malicious insiders and, specifically, recognition of insider threat behaviors.
On November 21, 2013 a Presidential Memorandum transmitted the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs to provide direction and guidance to promote the development of effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security. These threats encompass potential espionage, violent acts against the government or the nation, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information, including the vast amounts of classified data available on interconnected United States Government computer networks and systems. The minimum standards required that agency heads must ensure Insider Threat Program Personnel are fully trained in:

1. Counterintelligence and security fundamentals to include applicable legal issues;
2. Agency procedures for conducting insider threat response action(s);
3. Applicable laws and regulations regarding the gathering, integration, retention, safeguarding, and use of       records and data including the consequences of misuse of such information;
4. Applicable civil liberties and privacy laws, regulations, and policies; and
5. Investigative referral requirements of Section 811 of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 1995 as well    as other policy or statutory requirements that require referrals to an internal entity, such as a security office  or Office of Inspector General, or external investigative entities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation,  the Department of Justice, or military investigative services.


The national policy also requires that every agency establish an EOD and annual employee insider threat training and awareness program that provides an overview of current and potential threats in work and personal environments, and shall include the following:


1. The importance of detecting potential insider threats by cleared employees and reporting suspect activity to insider threat personnel or other designated officials.
2. Methodologies of adversaries to recruit trusted insiders and collect classified information.
3. Indicators of insider threat behavior and procedures to report such behavior.
4. Counterintelligence and security reporting requirements, as applicable.


The CI Centre has been providing insider threat, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence area studies, security awareness and investigative skills training to the USIC since 1997. We have trained over 100,000 members of the USIC during this period from all 16 members of the intelligence community. All our courses were taught at the unclassified level to allow our students to become advocates for a robust counterintelligence program in every agency. This requires the CI Centre to be absolutely accurate and current on the intelligence and terrorist threat the USIC faces. The CI Centre conducted extensive research to build an online database of every espionage, leak and security case since 1945; every economic espionage case since 1996; technology diversion cases since 2005; and every US based terrorism case since 2001. All of this content is immediately available on SpyPedia®.net, the single most comprehensive resource in the world on the insider threat resulting in espionage, cyber security problems, economic espionage and terrorism. Every work day, we search the worldwide media for the latest news articles about counterintelligence, espionage, economic espionage, cyber security, US and foreign intelligence, homeland security, counterterrorism, terrorism trials and much more. It has become a must-read for professionals. Our online news archive goes back to the year 2000 and is an invaluable historical resource. A former head of
 counterintelligence for an Intelligence Community agency said the CI Centre’s SpyPedia is a “national asset.”
The 510: Understanding and Profiling the Insider Threat course meets all the requirements set forth as minimum standards for the Insider Threat Program. All employees attending our training are provided access to SpyPedia for one year and will receive a weekly summary of Insider Threat issues.



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