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Insider Threats in the 21st Century

Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 11:30am - 1:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Insider Threats in the 21st Century

Douglas D. Thomas – Corporation Director of Counterintelligence Operations and Investigations, Lockheed Martin
Professor John Sano – Professor for Strategic Intelligence, Covert Action and National Security, IWP
Dr. Merrick S. Watchorn – Cloud Security Solutions Architect, Cyber Directorate, SAIC
Leonard S. Freiberg – FBI Supervisory Special Agent, National Insider Threat Task Force

and moderator
Ms. Michelle Watson – Co-Founder of the IWP Cyber Statecraft Program; IWP Vice President of Corporate Relations.

Thursday, October 15
11:30 AM-1:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics 
1521 16th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20036 


This event is part of The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

Please note that this event is only open to US Citizens.
Identification will be required at the door. 

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About this event

Since 2012 the U.S. government has provided guidance for their insider threat mitigation programs, but there are no mandates, standards or benchmarks for the private sector. Insider threats in the private sector can undermine an organization’s economic viability and reputation, compromise government work and ultimately have a detrimental impact on national security, particularly with regard to critical infrastructure, which is mostly privately held and operated. Former government and current industry panelists will discuss the importance of counterintelligence in a viable insider threat mitigation program, share real-world examples of non-classified economic espionage, and discuss why insider threats are on the rise.

About the speakers

Mr. Douglas D. Thomas – Lockheed Martin Corporation Director of Counterintelligence Operations and Investigations; Former Principal Deputy Director of Counterintelligence for the Nation following a mini-confirmation process by the White House, and the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence; Former Counterintelligence Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence and the President of the United States. In this capacity, Mr. Thomas chaired the National Counterintelligence Operations Board, which was comprised of the Directors of Counterintelligence for each of the agencies within the Intelligence Community; Former Special Agent for 25 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Professor John Sano – Mr. Sano spent 28 years in the CIA and was appointed the National Clandestine Service’s (formerly the Directorate of Operations) Deputy Director. Previous positions within the CIA included: serving as a Chief of Station in two foreign and one domestic location, as well as nearly 15 years of overseas experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, chief of North Korean operations, and directed the CIA’s efforts during the Balkan conflict in the mid-90’s. Mr. Sano also serves on the Board of Directors of Aegis Defense Services, LLC and is a professorial lecturer on national security and intelligence issues at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sano also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) as well as serving as the AFIO Vice-President.

Ms. Michelle Watson – Co-Founder of the IWP Cyber Statecraft Program; IWP’s Vice President of Corporate Relations – Former Vice President of British Telecom Global Solutions division.

Focus Questions

– How are insider threats different today from the pre-internet world?
– How can the private sector begin to establish standards and guidelines for a viable insider threat mitigation program? Should the government impose mandatory standards?
– How do private sector companies define and implement counterintelligence efforts?
– What is the biggest challenge or obstacle for public and private sector organizations to identify and apprehend insider threat actors?
– What are the key componenets of an insider threat program?

About the lecture series 

The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series, co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics (IWP) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), will examine the emergent discipline of cyber intelligence as an integral component of organizational cybersecurity and how the public, private and academic sectors are fostering the development of this nascent field. The discussions, to be held each Thursday in October in recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), will include remarks by leading professionals from government, the private sector and academia. IWP and INSA encourage attendees to continue the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #cyberintel.