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DOD Picks Insider Threat Awareness Month to Train Staff in Threat Detection

September 06, 2019 / Sarah Coble

The United States Department of Defense (DOD) is marking the country's first ever Insider Threat Awareness Month by training staff in insider threat detection. The DOD, together with other federal agencies, will be teaching its employees to be on the lookout for indicators that a co-worker may be stealing sensitive or classified information, hatching a plan of sabotage, or plotting a violent attack. The training will include a reminder that contractors and anyone who has access to facilities could pose a threat. "Insider threats are posed by persons who use trusted access to do harm to the department's facilities, resources, or people," said Dr. Brad Millick, director of the Defense Department's counter–insider threat program within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Millick warned employees to be on the alert for any incidences of ironically self-sabotaging plan leakage, a recognized psychological phenomenon where insiders with ma...