Case Study: Russian Insider Threat

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Using the Defense Security Service Insider Threat Risk Equation Where, Risk = (threat, vulnerabilities, values, or consequence), I propose the Risk of Russian insider threats has grown substantially, that US citizens, many with DoD security clearance access, maintain radicalized or adverse political beliefs favorable to Russia. Our vulnerabilities range from poor personnel vetting to all aspects of information and systems security, and DoD facilities security. Lastly, the values of these insider threats, threaten damage to the U.S. interests through possible espionage, terrorism, mission failure and a degradation of DoD resources and capabilities or other adverse consequences.
We also must acknowledge an intelligence failure occurred
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It appears that our profile of a potential Insider Threat actor within DoD has several new indicators. One is an ideology which views the federal government with hostility or disdain, even while working for DoD. Two, is a Religious ideology that favors Russia and or Russian foreign policy over US foreign policy. Three, is any Neo-Confederate, white nationalist, white supremacist, or militia group. Four, is any DoD or military member highly active on Russian sponsored social media. It is noteworthy to point out that much of this increase in hostile Russian social media is now affiliated with the conservative Christian and Neo-Confederate social media, which happens to uptick upon the election and duration of President Obama’s term in office. To say race does not matter is to ignore the long, difficult history of race relations in our country. Yet it begs the question for anyone working in the field of insider threats: What security compromises have occurred by these potential actors during the eight years of President Obama? One of the key elements to minimize the impact of the insider threat is to “Establish trustworthiness – and seek to reduce the threat by establishing a high level of assurance in the trustworthiness of people…” We have not identified a large body of potentially untrustworthy people. Individuals and groups falling within these categories of insider threats have had ample incentive to support hostile Russian activities. How many breaches of security have we missed during the Obama administration? We may never

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