Alex Bolling, CSRA's Vice President and Chief Security Officer, has penned an op-ed on Insider Threat for The Cipher Brief.
Insider threats are not new. Since the existence of protected information, there have been adversaries, competitors, and enemies looking to gain advantage. Each minute of each day federal cybersecurity teams triage an unimaginable number of threats to our national security. While many of those threats are from nation-state backed hackers attempting to breach our defenses, there are just as many critical threats coming from inside an agency.
It’s the human aspect that makes insider threats difficult to identify and extremely dangerous to governments, companies, and organizations. And it goes without saying that these challenges to information security will only get more complex as both the amount of data continues to increase and the number of threat vectors multiplies. We have some suggestions.
Alex Bolling is Vice President for Security at CSRA. Mr. Bolling served 28 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in several war Zones in the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia. He was Chief of Operations of the CIA’s Information Operations Center (IOC) where he was responsible for orchestrating multi-disciplined offensive cyber collection against counterterrorist, counter proliferation and counterintelligence targets.