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SUBJ/INSIDER THREAT AWARENESS MONTH//
RMKS/1. Protecting Sailors, Marines, civilians, and contractors of the
Department of the Navy (DON) and their families is critical to mission
success. As we observe Insider Threat Awareness Month in September, and
emphasize taking care of our people, remember that preventing insider threats
is a part of our daily routine and directly contributes to maintaining the
readiness and resilience of our Force.
2. An insider threat is a trusted individual who, wittingly or unwittingly,
causes harm to government resources. These resources include facilities,
networks, information, and people. Insider threats have taken lives, damaged
national security, and compromised classified information. The 2013
classified information compromise by a National Security Agency contractor,
the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shootings, and the 2019 NAS Pensacola and Pearl
Harbor Naval Shipyard shootings are vivid reminders of the lasting damage
caused by insider threats.
3. People who became insider threats have generally displayed concerning
behavior prior to their destructive acts - and we should be alert to
potential indicators that signal a person may be vulnerable and on a pathway
from trusted workforce member to insider threat. The DON Insider Threat
Program exists to assist all hands in recognizing stressors and poor
decision-making in our shipmates and colleagues; to provide recommendations
and the tools needed to be proactive in mitigating problems early; and to
enable those who have exhibited insider threat indicators to return to a
trusted status within our DON family. The DON Insider Threat Program also
promotes personal and organizational resilience that allows us to face
adversity in a positive and healthy way; enhance our decision-making skills;
and become mentally and emotionally stronger - especially important as we
navigate these challenging times.
4. During this awareness month, I ask all leaders to go beyond the insider
threat basics that are presented in the mandatory Center for Development of
Security Excellence insider threat training. Promote and enhance resilience.
Ensure your personnel are truly aware of potential indicators and reporting
procedures. Timely reporting protects our teammates. Personnel should feel
safe to report concerning behavior with no fear of retribution. Teach your
teams that reporting is about turning people around, not turning them in.
5. Reports to the DON Insider Threat Hub can be submitted via e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or website:
Responses will be provided to the Command Security Manager, Commanding
Officer, or civilian equivalent. Your insider threat toolkit provides
awareness materials and is available on the web:
Please use your tools. Your DON Insider Threat Hub is ready to assist
leaders by providing research, analysis, identification, and advice to
mitigate potential insider threats.
6. Properly employed, the principles and mechanics of the Insider Threat
Program is your tool to help maintain a resilient and healthy workforce, the
safety and security of our ships, squadrons, units, and installations, and
the readiness of the finest Navy and Marine Corps the world has ever known.
7. Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the