Did NSA underestimate the insider threat?

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In this edition of the Irari Report, Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes continue their interview of Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director of NSA. In this segment, they focus on how an organization that is so aware of the insider threat can be compromised by a person like Edward Snowden.

Inglis highlights how trust is critical to function, but verification must be implemented. This relies upon a stringent screening process, as you have to extend to trust to the people you hire. While Snowden was one traitor among 250,000, the damage one person can cause is clear, and it must be accepted as an eventuality.

Watch the first part of this series.

Inglis then goes on to give the top three lessons learned about the insider threat from a detailed investigation performed concerning Snowden’s actions. This leads to a focus on behavioral analytics to detect a wide variety of malfeasance from all sources.

Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes can be reached through their websites at www.securementem.com and www.irarireport.com

This story, "Did NSA underestimate the insider threat?" was originally published by CSO.

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