Personnel Security for Operation Warp Speed Industry Partners
Supervisors and coworkers are the first line of defense against espionage. The government relies on you to protect national security by reporting any behavior that you observe that may be related to a potential compromise of sensitive information. However, judgment calls are often required by the potential reporter, and this often leads to indecision or choosing not to report anything. This resource provides a focused list of serious counterintelligence- and security-related behaviors that, if observed or learned about, should be reported immediately to the appropriate counterintelligence or security authorities. All these behaviors are serious and require little or no speculation.
The report provides an analysis and overview of findings based on ten detailed cases studies of IT insider offenses. The authors discuss and compare background factors that contributed to the damaging event under five headings: Subject and Attack Characteristics, Personnel Screening, Attack Detection, Organizational and Social Environment, and Personnel Management Issues. Although this research is confined to a limited number of cases, it offers general observations that have clear implications for policies and best practices that address the threat posed by at-risk employees.
This report compiles a literature review with key information from subject matter expert (SME) interviews about barriers to reporting, strategies for overcoming these barriers, and tools to assist with the reporting process.
Personnel and Security Research Center (PERSEREC) conducted a study of supervisor and coworker reporting of security-related information. Explanations were offered by security managers and by focus group participants as to why many security-related behaviors are underreported. PERSEREC developed a clear, succinct list of behaviors that could pose a potential threat to national security and thus should be reported if observed.
Researchers partnered with subject matter experts (SME) in law enforcement and asked them to share their opinions as to why worker-on-worker violence seems so rare in police departments, especially given the intense, fast-paced, and armed environment. The purpose of this report is to identify best practices based on these discussions and recommend potential prevention strategies that organizations might want to consider for its own workforce.
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