A number of high-profile cases in recent years have highlighted the vulnerability of government organizations to insider threats. Engaging in a range of nefarious activities – from sabotage and espionage to cyber theft, blackmail and even murder – insiders like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army Major and Medical Corps psychiatrist who shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood, have undermined the missions, integrity and public trust of federal agencies. Research suggests that those threats are on the rise.
Yet even as the wreckage created by insider threats has piled up, agencies continue to have problems identifying rogue actors in their ranks – and stopping them before they do harm. Unlike cyber attacks originating beyond agencies’ security perimeters, including attacks sponsored by hostile nation states, insider threats avoid detection by cloaking themselves in the trust afforded by their insider status.
This white paper will consider the challenge of insider threats to federal agencies and the actions those agencies can take to mitigate their risk. Download it now.