There are many ways.
Other insiders can become threats upon or after losing their job, as evidenced by the Virginia Beach shooter, or the two former CIA officers who were recently convicted for spying on China’s behalf.
For companies and other organizations, sometimes the biggest threat comes from within. An “insider” is generally someone with intimate knowledge of a facility being targeted, as well as natural covers for status and action that an “outsider” would lack. But beyond knowing the ins and outs of a facility and having a reason to be there, an insider can also develop a detailed understanding of internal security programs, policies and procedures to help them plan and conduct their crime.
At Stratfor, we think about the insider threat a lot as our team frequently analyzes incidents pertaining to our clients and subscribers. Insiders can pose an array of threats depending on the nature of the targeted organization. In other words, an elementary school will be more concerned about protecting the physical safety of children than, say, a manufacturing company. Thus, it is important to ensure that security programs protect against the full scope of threats most relevant to specific institutions. But before being able to design the types of comprehensive efforts needed to do so, it’s crucial to first have a good grasp of what the actual insider threat is.
Portrait of an Insider
The National Interest
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