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Insider Threat


Why is mitigating insider threats so important to the United States?

Insider threats can cause significant damage to our people and our national security. The U.S. Federal Government takes seriously the obligation to protect its people and assets whether the threats come from internal or external sources. Insider threat programs help ensure our hard-working and dedicated workforce have a safe environment to carry out our important missions.

Are all insider threats malicious or intentional?

No. An insider threat may be “unwitting” if the insider is unaware that his or her actions or behaviors are exposing the United States to an elevated risk of harm or loss, perhaps through lack of training or negligence.

I don’t work with classified information. Is my office still vulnerable to insider threats?

Yes. There is no environment immune from the potential of insider threats. Insiders can threaten not only classified information but also sensitive information that can disrupt or harm individuals, U.S. resources, infrastructure or economy.

Are insiders as dangerous as external threats?

There should be no doubt that insiders present an equal threat to that posed by external actors. Their access and familiarity with the Government’s policies, security procedures, and technologies provide insiders opportunities to do great harm.

What should be reported as an Insider Threat?

For more information about what types of activities can be deemed an insider threat, please see our “Reporting an Insider Threat” brochure.

How do you report an Insider Threat?

See our “Reporting an Insider Threat” page.

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