Patricia Larsen: ODNI Insider Threat Task Force Eyes New Job Code for Specialists

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cybersecurityThe National Insider Threat Task Force within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is considering establishing a specialized occupational code to combat potential insider threats at federal agencies, Nextgov reported Monday.

Aliya Sternstein reports that the program will combine counterintelligence, information security and human resource functions.

“[The] reason that you are there is to help protect your colleagues, not to out them,” NITTF Co-Director Patricia Larsen said at a Nextgov-hosted forum.

“[We’ve] got to professionalize that workforce of people who do this for a living.”

Agencies have so far been hiring staff for insider threat-related work through other job classifications that focus on either intelligence or investigative capabilities, Sternstein writes.

Larsen noted that insider threat specialists should have big data analytics experience and have awareness training on topics such as investigative procedures, privacy protections and intelligence oversight.

However, she added that they should not be involved in the potential prosecution or psychological treatment in case a threat has been referred to law enforcement.

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