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News | Sept. 5, 2023

DCSA Kicks Off 5th Annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM)

Since 2019, the month-long campaign, held annually in September, brings together thousands of U.S. security professionals and policy makers from government and industry to educate and increase awareness about the risks posed by insider threats, and the role of insider-threat programs.
This year’s them is ‘Bystander Engagement.’ An engaged bystander is an individual who is aware of concerning behaviors and knows what to do to address those concerns. In his annual NITAM letter, DCSA Director William K. Lietzau added, “This year’s NITAM theme promotes increased awareness for the workforce to identify, understand, and report potential behaviors of concern, and to engage and assist at-risk employees.”
Throughout the month, DCSA officials will host and participate in several supporting events including:
  • The Counter Insider Threat (C-InT) Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) Summit 2023 - SBS 2023
  • The official kick-off DCSA Conference for Insider Threat on Sep. 7 – Register (Webinars and Conferences (
  • A memorial webinar reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shooting: The Washington Navy Yard Shooting:  10 Years Later and A Survivor’s Account – Register (Webinars and Conferences (
  • Remarks by DCSA’s DOD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC) Director James Shappell, at an annual insider threat symposium
Other items recognizing NITAM include, launching the official NITAM website, a NITAM public service announcement, an agency director’s recognition letter and a social media campaign for increased awareness.
“Regardless of how you choose to participate,” said Lietzau, “please know that your actions and contributions support our collective effort to identify and mitigate insider threats to our national security.”
For more information on NITAM 2023, please visit: National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM) (