As the insider threat space constantly evolves, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has a new framework designed to withstand the ever-changing landscape.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the National Insider Threat Task Force introduced a new maturity framework to help teach agencies what makes a good program.
In part 2 of his commentary, Tom McMurtrie, a research fellow with the Army’s Training with Industry Program, details the challenges with implementing new approaches.
Wayne Belk, co-director of the National Insider Threat Task Force, wants feds to know that insider threat programs are there to protect them, not to get them in trouble.
The Office of Personnel Management was the sixth agency to achieve final operating capability on an insider threat program. But OPM is among the few agencies who have set up such programs. Small agencies say cultural barriers, lack of resources and legal and privacy questions are among the obstacles preventing them from meeting the goal, but insider threat experts say those problems aren’t unique.
The defense industry has gotten off to a good start implementing initial capabilities for insider threat programs, the Defense Security Service said. Cleared contractors had until Nov. 30 to develop and submit their plans for an insider threat program and appoint a senior official to lead and oversee it.
The investigations process is to blame for higher security clearance processing times at the beginning of 2016 and end of 2015. Challenges with culture, resources and legal questions are also pushing agencies farther and farther off schedule in standing up their own insider threat programs.