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Building a Secure Workforce: Guard Against Insider Threat


In today’s evolving and changing global environment, business in the public sector is increasingly more challenging. There is an ongoing need to adapt a more balanced and integrated approach to protecting information and other assets. As the world becomes a virtual community of competitors and predators, an organization’s assets are at greater risk than in the past, when the world was more localized, compartmentalized and siloed. The dilemma that leaders face today is managing an evolving networked organization that is virtually connected, but secure.

As the continued growth of technology forces the world into a more networked work environment, it is important to sustain an integrated risk managed posture that assures that a compromise of critical assets does not result in a breach of national security, the loss of lives or lapse of public confidence. Developing strategies to mitigate the risk of asset loss may very well be the critical success factor that defines and prioritizes an organization’s goals for success, whether the mission is national security, public safety, supply chain integrity or just sustaining market share.

The purpose of this paper is to define the risks associated with asset loss and an approach to mitigate an “insider” threat through the development and management of a secure workforce.

We discuss:

  • Asset loss and insider threat defined
  • Understanding the insider threat
  • Risk indicators and characteristics
  • Mitigating asset loss: a series of interventions and action plans
  • Case reviews


  • David L. Brant, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Brian Geffert, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Michael Gelles, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.


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