September 10, 2019
It is very rare that an individual wakes up with the intention of betraying their company, harming their colleagues, or compromising national security. Research has consistently shown that malicious acts by insiders are seldom impulsive.
That means that something happens over time that contributes to a trusted insider evolving into a malicious insider. Usually it is some sort of perceived life crisis that is viewed by an individual as unbearable. Eventually, if not dealt with in a healthy and adaptive manner, these stressors could influence a person to commit espionage, leak information, engage in targeted violence, or contemplate self-harm.
In this episode of the Prevention Podcast, host Dan Verton explores the evolving nature of the insider threat and taps into some valuable educational resources produced by the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence.