ARLINGTON, VA (Friday, October 7, 2016) - INSA President Chuck Alsup issued the following statement today:
Media reports Wednesday of yet another criminal mishandling of classified materials, if true, are greatly troubling and underscore the urgent need for fundamental security reform and modernization efforts. The technology exists today to implement a realistic risk management model, underpinned by continuous monitoring and evaluation processes along with targeted investigations that would greatly enhance government and industry's ability to protect the integrity of the cleared workforce and the security of our Nation's secrets. Pursuit and implementation of solutions that make government and the private sector more agile, innovative, and secure must move forward without delay.
The Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and private sector have taken promising steps in recent years to ensure insider threat mitigation programs and best practices are adopted across the national security enterprise. This latest incident serves as a call to redouble efforts to enhance employee training, invest in data loss prevention tools, and implement a formal insider threat incident response plan, among other mitigation measures.
To build upon this recent progress and accomplish lasting, meaningful security reforms will require momentum into a new Administration in January 2017, as well as attention from a new Congress. INSA encourages leaders of a new Administration and the new Congress to consider the actions that can and should be taken to secure sensitive or classified information, and be prepared to commit the time, resources, and expertise required to meet this challenge. This must be one of our highest national priorities.
Ensuring the protection of classified information and programs is critically important, and a responsibility, shared between the government and its partners in the private sector. Our national security depends upon building, retaining and maintaining a trusted workforce this nation can rely on to carry out this mandate. INSA looks forward to continuing dialogue with stakeholders in government and industry to ensure the best, most modern and effective practices are implemented to prevent
INSA encourages companies interested in learning how to implement an insider threat program to consult the Insider Threat Resource Directory, hosted by INSA in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), at www.insaonline.org/insiderthreat.
Other resources include INSA white papers, Leveraging Emerging Technologies in the Security Clearance Process (March 2014) and A Preliminary Examination of Insider Threat Programs in the U.S. Private Sector (September 2013).
INSA Vice President of Policy Larry Hanauer is available to speak to reporters further about this issue. Please contact Ryan Pretzer to arrange an interview.