Read endorsements from USDI Joseph D. Kernan, NCSC Director William R. Evanina, and DCSA Director William K. Leitzau
Message from USDI Joseph D. Kernan
Throughout the month of September the Department of Defense and the National Insider Threat Task Force, in close partnership with Insider Threat stakeholders in government, industry, and academia, will conduct a series of events to emphasize the importance of safeguarding our nation from insider threats. During this second annual Insider Threat Awareness month, we will focus on the theme of "Resilience," an intangible quality that allows individuals and organizations to overcome adversity. Resilience helps individuals develop behaviors, thoughts, and actions that promote personal well-being, which in turn strengthens the organization and mitigates risks.
Our objective for the 2020 Insider Threat Awareness month is to help government and corporate organizations understand how to detect, engage, and assist at-risk employees. Early intervention strengthens our resiliency and fosters rehabilitative outcomes for at-risk personnel.
We encourage your participation and support for promoting workforce awareness, employee assistance, risk mitigation, and countering insider threats, not only this month, but throughout the year. Suggested actions and activities are available from the Center for Development of Security Excellence: https://cdse.edu/itawareness/index.html. Your leadership is vital to the safety and security of DoD personnel and resources.
Joseph D. Kernan
Message from NCSC Director William R. Evanina
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center, National Insider Threat Task Force, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Department of Homeland Security, and Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) are partnering with Insider Threat community stakeholders to support National Insider Threat Awareness Month during September 2020.
During this second annual Insider Threat Awareness Month, we emphasize the importance of safeguarding our Nation from the risks posed by insider threats. Past compromises of national security information by insiders have made America less safe by allowing our adversaries unauthorized access to information. These actions, coupled with incidents of senseless loss of life perpetrated by insiders have highlighted the need for uniform engagement.
As a nation, we are committed to protecting critical information and our citizenry while preserving privacy and civil liberties. Proactive insider threat reporting can deter, detect, and mitigate insider threats. It provides an opportunity for early intervention, strengthens our nation's resiliency, and fosters rehabilitative outcomes for individuals at risk. This can reduce acts of harm to self or others, prevent the loss or compromise of classified information, and minimize damage to organizations.
2020 has presented a unique risk environment. Covid-19 has impacted every single American. Many face serious adjustments - telework or other continuity of operations implementation, broken supply chains, and sometimes unreliable or overwhelmed technology capabilities. There are also the deeply personal human struggles related to health care, child care, financial insecurity, and political and cultural fissures. The risks for espionage, unauthorized disclosure, fraud, theft and even unwitting insider threat actions are higher than ever.
During National Insider Threat Awareness Month 2020 we will be focusing on the theme of "Resilience." Resilience is an intangible quality that allows us to face adversity and come back at least as strong as before. It helps individuals harden the target and develop behaviors, thoughts, and actions that promote personal wellbeing and mental health. Insider Threat programs promote personal and organizational resilience to mitigate risks.
Insider Threat Awareness Month provides a multi-media communications platform for the engagement of the general workforce of federal departments and agencies, cleared industry, critical infrastructure sectors, academia, and the general public.
We encourage you to participate in Insider Threat Awareness Month this September. Suggested actions and activities are available from the DCSA Center for Development of Security Excellence https://cdse.edu/itawareness/index.htm. Feel free to reach out to your Insider Threat POC and/or the Center for Development of Security Excellence for additional information. We look forward to a successful Insider Threat Awareness Month 2020 and appreciate your support.
William R. Evanina
Director of the National Counterintelligence Security Center
Message from DCSA Director William K. Leitzau
The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is partnering with the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, National Insider Threat Task Force, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Department of Homeland Security, and insider threat community stakeholders to support the second annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month during September 2020.
The theme of 2020's National Insider Threat Awareness Month is "Resilience." Resilience emphasizes the personal quality of facing adversity and coming back stronger than before, which helps promote thoughts and actions that strengthen well-being. Resilience builds good decisionmaking skills and enables people to avoid situations where they could become targets of exploitative opportunity.
Personal and organizational resilience is more important than ever, as our workforce contends with significant health, child care, financial, and even socio-cultural challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These extended periods of difficulty can cause great stress and uncertainty that, if unaddressed, could weaken resilience and increase risks associated with insider threats.
Insider threats cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year, put critical infrastructure and supply chains at risk, endanger national security and, in the most tragic cases, can lead to senseless violence. These incidents highlight the critical need for raising awareness around deterring, detecting, and mitigating insider threats - the essential functions of insider threat awareness programs. September provides a month-long opportunity to highlight the critical importance of safeguarding our nation from the risks posed by insider threats and raise awareness across the workforce.
Insider threat programs help the workforce identify, understand, and report concerning behaviors early, enabling proactive intervention and assistance before those behaviors become a risk. Insider threat awareness is not about curtailing protected free speech or suppressing legitimate whistleblowing; it is about preventing the exploitation of authorized access to cause harm to an organization, its resources or its people.
I encourage everyone to participate in National Insider Threat Awareness Month activities this September as one way to help build resilience while staying aware and engaged. Suggested activities, products, and actions are outlined on the National Insider Threat Awareness Month 2020 web page: https://cdse.edu/itawareness/index.html. Whatever activities or engagements you choose, actions both large and smal I will contribute to the ultimate goal of securing the Federal Government from insider threats. Thank you for your support of National Insider Threat Awareness Month.
William K. Leitzau
Director of the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency
Games & Videos
Encourage awareness at your organization by sharing these games and videos
Looking for a fun way to encourage security awareness at your organization? Share these games.
Watch 5-10 minute videos that aid the workforce in identifying and reporting insider threat indicators.
NITTF: Any Given Day
Life stressors impact us all - at work and at home. Watch how one employee struggles to deal with his stressors...and how a co-worker responds to a potential insider threat.
Turning People Around, Not Turning Them In
Susan has an odd encounter with Tim at the office. Watch the video and put yourself in her shoes. What would you do, and why?
The Critical Pathway
The Insider Threat Vigilance Video Series aids the workforce in identifying and reporting insider threat indicators. In this second season, an unexpected change breeds uncertainty. How does leadership handle the change?
Resilience allows people to bounce back from setbacks and stressful situations. Without this quality, some people may develop increased risks associated with insider threat. This animation demonstrates how building resilience helps individuals develop behaviors, thoughts, and actions that promote personal wellbeing and mental health.
Graphics & Posters
Use these graphics and posters to promote awareness and educate stakeholders in your organization
Display these National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM) logos and social media graphics. Right click and save to download.
Blue NITAM Logo (transparent background)
Blue NITAM Logo (transparent background, no acroynm)
White NITAM Logo (transparent background)
Download and display security posters to promote awareness in the workplace.
Case Studies & Scenarios
Study analyzed accounts of real-world insider threats
Interactive Case Study Library
CDSE's new case study interface allows you to sort by a variety of categories and find cases that directly impact your workforce.
Study analyzed accounts of real-world insider threats. These one page case studies are suitable for printing or easy placement in a company or command newsletter, email, or training bulletin.
Nghia Hoang Pho
Stewart David Nozette
- Tales from the Inside: Volume 1
- Tales from the Inside: Volume 2
- "Dangerous Disclosures" graphic novel
- "Engineering a Traitor" graphic novella
- "Insider Threat" graphic novella
- Insider Threat Scenario Cards
- Customizable Insider Threat Brief
- Resilience Tab of the Insider Threat Toolkit
- On-Demand Webinar — Personal Resilience and Insider Threat: Hardening the Target
- NITAM Champions Packet — Ways to Participate
News & Social Media
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Insider Threat Sentry App
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