Video Interview: GAO on the Pentagon’s Insider Threat Program

Forty-five percent of Federal agencies reported that they were the target during the past year of a digital insider — an employee with authorized network access who knowingly steals or unwittingly exposes sensitive data. And at least a third of those agencies reported suffering an actual loss of data.

But as MeriTalk’s recent survey of 150 Federal IT managers from across civilian, defense and intelligence agencies revealed, formal insider threat programs remain in their infancy throughout the government. But the Defense Department has made some progress. MeriTalk spoke recently to Joseph Kirschbaum, the director of Defense capabilities and management at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), about the Pentagon’s insider threat efforts and the factors that go into an effective insider threat program.

Taped on Sept. 23.

GAO’s Joseph Kirschbaum on Defense Insider Threat Programs

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Dan Verton
About Dan Verton
MeriTalk Executive Editor Dan Verton is a veteran journalist and winner of the First Place Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting -- the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism. Dan earned a Master's Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and has spent the last 20 years in the nation's capital reporting on government, enterprise technology, policy and national cybersecurity. He’s also a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, has authored three books on cybersecurity, and has testified on critical infrastructure protection before both House and Senate committees.
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