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Insider Threat to Insider Risk: An ARLIS program area

What is an Insider Threat?

Complementary definitions appear in NIST SP 800-53:

"The threat that an insider will use her/his authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to the security of United States. This threat can include damage to the United States through espionage, terrorism, unauthorized disclosure of national security information, or through the loss or degradation of departmental resources or capabilities."
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Insider Threat Presidential Memorandum, National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs

"An entity with authorized access (i.e., within the security domain) that has the potential to harm an information system or enterprise through destruction, disclosure, modification of data, and/or denial of service."
NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4 under Insider Threat CNSSI 4009

How is Insider Risk different from Insider Threat?

The study and management of risk plays an integral role in physical, personnel, information, and other forms of security and the application of Insider Threat paradigms. Yet, much of source and contextual details, modeling options, and solution space nuances are lost when insider as a risk is reduced to insider as a threat. This subtle naming adjustment carries substantial reframing from management based on threat elimination toward dynamic situational management where risk is a variable dependent on situational tolerance and requires ongoing consideration for the interaction of individual and contextual variables. This effort emphasizes active decision-making and aids in the measurement of consequence and risk. People remain a central focus but shift to be part of the solution in helping reduce risk of any kind.

Why is ARLIS doing this speaker series?

USD(I&S) and DCSA, as organizational sponsors of ARLIS projects on Insider Threat, have asked ARLIS to develop a seminar series that would assist in promoting new ideas and perspectives for addressing Insider Threat issues. The goal of the series is to help explore a new vision for mitigating Insider Threats and to identify ways that further applied research could help the I&S enterprise get closer to achieving this vision.

 

Learn more about ARLIS' objectives for modeling and mitigating Insider Risk, as well as meet the research team over on our insider risk page.

 

Insider Risk Speaker Series (IRiSS)

Click here for a one-page pdf overview of the monthly IRiSS events leading up to National Insider Threat Awareness Month.

IRiSS events are open to everyone across government, industry, nonprofits, and academia. Events will not be recorded to encourage open discussion with speakers and audience participants. Catch post-event summaries and discussions over on the ARLIS Blog (links below).

2021 Monthly Speaker Events

March: State of Insider Threat and Insider Risk paradigms

calendar icon Tuesday 30 March 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:30 EDT

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This event addresses government and industry current and retrospective state of the Insider Threat / Insider Risk paradigms. It is an extended length event as we kickoff the speaker series. Click here for the event flyer pdf.

This event has 3 parts, each with featured guest speakers that start with moderated questions and open to audience Q&A:

  • Part 1: Retrospective on Insider Threat - Where we were and are today
  • Part 2: Current and future state of Insider Risk - Why do we need a pivot
  • Part 3: Bridging threat to risk

 

Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of Doug ThomasDoug Thomas, Director, Counterintelligence Operations and Investigations, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Douglas D. (Doug) Thomas is the Director, Counterintelligence Operations and Investigations for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he leads a staff that is responsible for providing advice and guidance relative to investigations, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and workplace violence matters impacting the Corporation. He is also the primary face to the Intelligence Community. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Thomas was the Principal Deputy Director of Counterintelligence under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and chaired the National Counterintelligence Operations Board, which informed the President on the gravest intelligence threats facing the United States, and the National Counterintelligence Strategy, which informed the President of how the Intelligence Community would mitigate those threats. Mr. Thomas also served as a Special Agent for 25 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigation and is a retired member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies.

 

Head photo of Matt EanesMatt Eanes, Director of the interagency Performance Accountability Council, Program Management Office (PAC PMO).
Matt Eanes serves as the Director of the interagency Performance Accountability Council’s Program Management Office (PAC PMO). The office helps coordinate personnel vetting reform across the Executive Branch. Matt assists the PAC’s leadership with implementing its Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, a series of reforms that will dramatically modernize the Federal Government’s personnel vetting mission space. Prior to joining the PAC PMO, Matt worked as a consultant on range of government and private sector issues. He earned a master’s degree in systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

 

Head photo of Dr. Natalie ScalaDr. Natalie Scala, Associate Professor, Towson University
Dr. Scala is a tenured associate professor and director of the graduate programs in supply chain in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. Her research specializes in decision analysis, with applications in cybersecurity, defense, and spare parts. Her main focus right now is cyber, physical, and Insider Threats to voting processes, especially at polling places. This includes a model Insider Threat risk management as well as training for pollworkers. Dr. Scala provides consulting services as an analyst with Innovative Decisions, Inc., and has extensive experience working with government clients and in the electric utility industry. Dr. Scala earned a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Head photo of Cy GennaSimone (Cy) Genna, Insider Risk Program Manager, Zoom Video Communications
Cy is the Insider Risk Program Manager at Zoom – a small tech company that maybe some of you have heard of – and has been in-role since February, 2021. He leads a team that protects the company’s people, customers, intellectual property, and reputation through forward-leaning proactive engagements. The goal is to empower the workforce to build a culture with security that positively impacts the overall wellness and happiness of everyone who uses Zoom.

 

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April: From threat to risk: Gain & loss, response, and management around insiders within academic environments

calendar icon Monday 26 April 2021 @ 13:00 - 14:00 EDT

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This event addresses the challenges and efforts regarding issues of insider risk within academic environments. This topic is not focused on academic research on insider risk. Rather, it's more on how academic institutions are managing insider risk given they face challenges not typically encountered by other types of organizations. Academic environments are typically understood as places of collaborative learning, idea & data sharing, and high human churn (e.g. student researchers, post-docs, some non-tenure faculty). They also vary widely from each other with challenges regarding a wide mix of external partnerships, types of (un)classified research, organizational structure, economic dependencies, and responsiveness to external socio-political forces. This will be a panel discussion will explore how they navigate and secure academic environments, while seeking to remain compliant with government policy.

The hour long event will start with a moderated, fireside-style chat with the guest speakers, followed by an open Q&A session with the attendees.  This event will not be recorded; however, a summary of the discussion will be posted on this site shortly after the event.  Please send any questions to Shawn Janzen (sjanzen@umd.edu).

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Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of Dr. Kevin GamacheDr. Kevin Gamache, Chief Research Security Officer, The Texas A&M University System
Dr. Kevin Gamache is responsible for ensuring A&M System member universities are compliant with U.S. Government requirements for protecting sensitive federal information. He is also on the faculty of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station. He established and leads the Academic Security & Counter Exploitation Program, an association of U.S. universities established to help heighten security awareness in academia. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science Degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

 

 

placeholder image for a guest speakerDr. Laurie Locascio, Vice President for Research, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dr. Locascio oversees the University of Maryland’s vibrant research and innovation enterprise at these two campuses, which garner a combined $1.1 billion in external research funding each year. Within Locascio’s purview are the development of large interdisciplinary research programs, technology commercialization, innovation and economic development efforts, and strategic partnerships with industry, federal, academic, and nonprofit collaborators. She is a professor in Maryland’s Fischell Department of Bioengineering, and professor (secondary) in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), most recently as Acting Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director responsible for leading the internal scientific research and laboratory programs across two campuses in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. Locascio received a B.Sc. in chemistry from James Madison University, a M.Sc. in bioengineering from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a biomedical researcher, she published more than 100 scientific papers and 12 patents.

 

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May: Industry views – Where are we now

calendar icon Tuesday 25 May 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00 EDT

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This event addresses the challenges and efforts regarding issues of insider risk within industry. The private sector is a common source for leading best practices. If industry leads by example, what can we learn from these examples? This panel will explore how key firms engage insider risk as a complex and complicated sociotechnical challenge. We will also discuss how they also view, model, and mitigate risk from a system perspective, rather than a wholly individual phenomenon.

The hour long event will start with a moderated, fireside-style chat with the guest speakers, followed by an open Q&A session with the attendees.  This event will not be recorded; however, a summary of the discussion will be posted on this site shortly after the event.  Please send any questions to Shawn Janzen (sjanzen@umd.edu).

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Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of Stephen SzypulskiStephen Szypulski, Vice President, Global Compliance Division, Goldman Sachs
The Conduct & Integrity Team is principally responsible for the firm's global Compliance Conduct Program, Business Integrity Program, and Firmwide Insider Threat Program, and helps mitigate the risk of employee misconduct globally. Stephen joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 and previously was a member of Financial Crime Compliance’s (FCC) Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Forensics teams. He was named associate in 2017 and vice president in 2019. At Goldman Sachs, Stephen is a member of the Firmwide LGBT Network. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen served as Aide to Mayor Steven Fulop in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he served as the mayor’s traveling aide in New Jersey’s second largest city. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a master's degree from Columbia University. He served as Fulbright Scholar in Poland from 2012-2013, and is currently based in New York.

 

Head photo of Caroline GilmanCaroline Gilman, Program Manager, Insider Risk Management Program, Booz Allen Hamilton
Caroline Gilman manages Booz Allen’s Insider Risk Management Program (IRMP). Caroline leads a team that identifies, analyzes, and mitigates risks to Booz Allen’s trusted employees, intellectual capital and critical business operations, client sensitive data entrusted to firm employees, and Booz Allen’s reputation as a leader in strategy and technology consulting. Prior to leading the IRMP, Caroline worked as an IT Project Manager, gaining a unique perspective into IT system requirements, capabilities and integrations. Caroline is a certified Project Management Professional and CERT Insider Threat Program Manager Certificate Holder.

 

Head photo of Dr. David MussingtonDr. David Mussington, Executive Assistant Director, Infrastructure Security Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
As Executive Assistant Director, Dr. Mussington helps lead CISA’s efforts to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Key areas of focus include vulnerability and risk assessments; securing soft targets and crowded places; training and exercises; and securing high-risk chemical facilities. Prior to joining CISA, Dr. Mussington was Professor of the Practice and Director for the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the School of Public Policy for the University of Maryland. His research and teaching activities focused on cyber-physical system risk management, election cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure security risk management. Dr. Mussington has extensive private and public sector experience on counter terrorism, cyber security studies, and cyber risk assessments. Click here for a longer biography. Dr. Mussington has a Doctorate in Political Science from Canada’s Carleton University. He also received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

 

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June: Tools, methods, and technology -- State of the art in modeling

calendar icon Tuesday 29 June 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00 EDT

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As landscape, organizational, team, and individual challenges change and we seek to promote the paradigm shift from insider threat to insider risk, we need to update how we measure and discuss insider risk. This event addresses the tools, methods, and technology with a focus on the state of the art in modeling. How well does current insider risk modeling consider complex and complicated sociotechnical elements or system level perspective, rather than a wholly individual phenomenon? This panel will explore adapting modeling concepts, emerging developments, obtaining new modeling information, as well as communicating modeling results to management.

The hour-long event will start with a moderated, fireside-style chat with the guest speakers, followed by an open Q&A session with the attendees. This event will not be recorded; however, a summary of the discussion will be posted on the ARLIS website after release approval. Please send any questions to Shawn Janzen(sjanzen@umd.edu).

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Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of JC DodsonJeffrey (J.C.) Dodson, Chief Security Officer, BAE Systems Inc.
Dodson is responsible for corporate security strategy, operations and assurance. His risk management portfolio includes all elements of industrial, international and cyber security for U.S. and overseas operations. Prior to his CSO appointment in 2020, Dodson was BAE’s Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He has served in a variety of executive positions with program management, strategy, business development and security. He joined BAE Systems in 2002 following a 22-year career with the U.S. Air Force that included flying operations, weapons system acquisition management, and command assignments. Dodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Defense-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC). He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Defense Industrial Base Sector Coordinating Council and an industry contributor/advisor to numerous U.S. Government national security policy studies and initiatives.

 

Head photo of Kathy PhersonKatherine Hibbs Pherson, Chief Executive Officer, Pherson Associates
Ms. Pherson teaches advanced analytic techniques and critical thinking skills to analysts in the Intelligence Community, homeland security community, and the private sector. She is a consultant to the government on planning, security, communications, and analysis projects. She and Randy Pherson are co-authors of Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence, 3rd ed. (Sage/CQ Press, 2020). Ms. Pherson also serves as President of Globalytica, LLC, the commercial, and international arm of Pherson Associates. She is vice chair of the Intelligence and National Security Association’s (INSA) Security Policy Reform Council and a Trustee of the Intelligence and National Security Foundation. She also is chair of the Industrial Security Working Group’s (ISWG) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Focus Group and a member of AFCEA International’s Intelligence Committee and ASIS International’s Defense and Intelligence Council. Ms. Pherson in 2000 completed a 27-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency in intelligence and security analysis and resource management. Her leadership in the security arena led to the adoption of a risk management methodology, the strengthening and the implementation of overseas security countermeasures, and improvements in dealing with unsolicited contacts. As Director of the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Center for Security Evaluation she managed the Intelligence Community's involvement in rebuilding the penetrated US Embassy in Moscow. Ms. Pherson received her A.B. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Oklahoma. She is a recipient of the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Community's National Distinguished Service Medal.

 

Head photo of Andrew MooreAndrew Moore, Lead Insider Threat Researcher & Senior member of the technical staff, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
Andy works with teams across the SEI applying modeling and simulation techniques to cybersecurity and to system and software engineering problems. He has over 30 years of experience developing and applying mission-critical system analysis methods and tools, leading to the transfer of critical technology to both industry and the government. His research interests include socio-technical system simulation modeling and analysis, cybersecurity, insider threat, software acquisition and sustainment, IT controls analysis, survivable systems engineering, and system risk analysis. Before joining the SEI in 2000, Andy worked for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developing, analyzing, and applying high-assurance system development methods for the Navy. He has served as principal investigator on numerous projects sponsored by ODNI, OSD, NSA, DARPA, and CMU’s CyLab. Andy has published a book, two book chapters, a special journal issue on insider threat modeling and simulation, and a wide variety of technical journal and conference papers. Andy holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from The College of Wooster, an MA in Computer Science from Duke University, and a graduate certificate in System Dynamics Modeling and Simulation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

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July: Insider risk, human resources, and the human capital supply chain challenge

calendar icon Thursday 22 July 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00 EDT

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In many organizations, the Venn diagram overlap between the security and human resource (HR) teams is small. Yet, given the human capital challenges organizations face could benefit from greater engagement between these teams for both hiring and ongoing operational efforts. This panel session will explore current challenges and organizational relationships between HR and security / vetting teams with respect to human capital and hiring. They will discuss ways to improve communications and collaboration between HR and security / vetting teams to improve resiliency within the human capital supply chain.

The hour-long event will start with a moderated, fireside-style chat with the guest speakers, followed by an open Q&A session with the attendees. This event will not be recorded; however, a summary of the discussion will be posted on the ARLIS website after release approval. Please send any questions to Shawn Janzen(sjanzen@umd.edu).

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Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of Charles PhalenCharles Phalen, Principal, CS Phalen & Associates LLC; former Acting Director, DCSA; and former VP Corporate Security, Northrup Grumman
Charles S. Phalen is currently the principal and independent consultant at C S Phalen & Associates, LLC. He is an accomplished senior security executive with over 4 decades of experience including over sixteen years leading security programs at four federal agencies and a major defense company during periods of unprecedented growth, development, and challenge. Key areas of experience include the full range of security operations, national and international crises, government and industry partnerships, continuity of operations, business process reengineering, organizational development, P&L, and mergers. Mr. Phalen served as the Acting Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) from June 2019 through March 2020. Mr. Phalen and his leadership team successfully merged the Office of Personnel Management’s background investigation program with DOD’s Defense Security Service. The merged agency includes approximately 12,000 federal and contract personnel executing the government-wide personnel vetting program and the critical technology protection mission. Mr. Phalen was the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, an organizational element of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2019 (overlapping from June through September 2019 with the Acting Director/DCSA assignment). In this role, he led a government-wide organization providing investigations for national security, suitability, and credentialing determinations for more than 100 federal agencies. In his previous position, Mr. Phalen was Vice President of Corporate Security for Northrop Grumman Corporation and led the global security organization responsible for overseeing the security policies, procedures and processes that protect company employees, information, assets, and property worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Phalen spent 30 years in the federal service. His most recent government positions include Director of Security for the Central Intelligence Agency; Assistant Director, Security Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief, Protective Programs Group, CIA Office of Security; Executive Officer, CIA Office of Security; Center Chief, CIA Office of Facilities and Security Services; and Chief, Facilities and Information Security Division, National Reconnaissance Office. Previously, he worked in managed security activities involving investigations, operations support, risk analysis, and facility and asset protection, in the United States and abroad. Mr. Phalen has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and criminology from the University of Maryland. He is active in a number of external security organizations and forums.

 

Head photo of Heather McMahonHeather McMahon, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.), US Army and Professor of Practice, ARLIS, and former Senior Director at President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Heather is a former DoD intelligence senior executive and seasoned combat veteran currently serving as a Professor of Practice at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security and as a consultant where she advises on national security, counterintelligence, human intelligence, insider threat, critical technology protection, supply chain risk management and industrial security concerns.   A highly skilled human intelligence and counterintelligence officer with deep operational experience honed through close to three decades of world-wide service, Heather’s experience is particularly relevant today as companies struggle to balance risk and reward while defending themselves from the onslaught of threats from state-sponsored IP theft, cyberattacks and malicious insiders. A West Point Graduate, she served extensively abroad in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Europe, and Asia while serving US Army at every echelon between platoon and corps, as well as in the intelligence community’s strategic enterprise, Heather transitioned to the technology sector before returning to serve the nation as a senior executive, where she served at the White House’s President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and the Army Staff. Heather earned a Bachelor’s of Science from West Point and is a graduate of numerous advanced intelligence community and military schools, to include Jumpmaster and Airborne School. She is an Advisory Board member at the Gula Tech Foundation, a civic effort focused on closing the cyber skills gap in America. She is also national security fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and serves as volunteer Senior Advisor the Maker Mask, a nonprofit technology-based effort to support effective community responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Head photo of Kevin LawrenceKevin Lawrence, Director, Counterintelligence & Insider Threat Division, Accenture Federal Services and CWO3 (ret.),USMC
Kevin Lawrence is a retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer with over three decades of experience, including over twenty years in national security, counterintelligence (CI), human intelligence, and insider threat. Immediately following his retirement, Kevin served as a senior CI strategic planner to the Counterintelligence Field Activity, until joining Accenture Federal Services (AFS). In 2007, Kevin established the first AFS insider threat program, which is now the CI and Insider Threat Division. In this role, Kevin is a Corporate Officer and the Insider Threat Senior Official who manages and oversees insider threat activities, investigations, cyber-CI, analysis, incident response, and training. From 2003 to 2006, Kevin served as a senior officer in the national human intelligence Technical Collections Division for the Department of Defense (DoD). In 2004, he deployed to Iraq serving as the Senior Offensive Technical Intelligence Collection Officer. From 2000 to 2003, Kevin was assigned to the Pentagon as a Senior CI Action Officer to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency J2CI Staff Office, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. In this role, Kevin chaired the Joint CI Staff Officer Course and provided Staff CI support to the Combatant Commands. Kevin was a principal advisor to the Joint Special Operations Command on CI support to Joint Operations and in the development of the first Joint Interagency Task Force for Counterterrorism. He also served as a senior staff advisor on CI matters at the Federal Bureau of Investigations Headquarters in Washington DC, immediately following the terrorist attack on 9/11. Kevin served in numerous capacities domestic and world-wide, and at levels from small mission units to national/strategic commands. From Desert Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kevin conducted scores of intelligence operations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, including Multinational Peacekeeping Operations. After Desert Storm, Kevin served on the Foreign CI Squad as the Senior Marine CI Special Agent to the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. Following NCIS to 2000, Kevin conducted a myriad of CI and related missions ranging from Marine Expeditionary Units and Military Special Operations to inter-agency operations and Combined Joint Task Forces. Kevin Chaired and instructed CI courses at DoD, and lectured at US Embassies/Consulates abroad, US Government Agencies, Academia, Industry, and Allied Foreign Intelligence Entities. He is an active member of numerous intelligence and security organizations and forums. Kevin is a native of Texas and holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Affairs at the Institute of World Politics, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Park University and received a Senior Executive Education in National and International Security from Harvard Kennedy School.

 

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August: Actualizing the insider risk paradigm

calendar icon Tuesday 17 August 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:30 EDT

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This is our capstone session, exploring the future of the insider risk paradigm with respect to the five previous months of IRiSS talks.  We will gain macro views and reactions from distinguished leaders as they explore if there are remaining questions and the need for continued conversation.

The 90 minute event will start with a moderated, fireside-style chat with the guest speakers, followed by an open Q&A session with the attendees. This event will not be recorded; however, a summary of the discussion will be posted on the ARLIS website after release approval. Please send any questions to Shawn Janzen(sjanzen@umd.edu).

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Featured guest speakers include:

Head photo of Garry ReidGarry Reid, Director for Defense Intelligence (CL&S), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)
Garry Reid serves as the Director for Defense Intelligence (CL&S) reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)). In this capacity, he is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy and resources to conduct counterintelligence, law enforcement, and security programs. Previous assignments include Senior Advisor to the USD(I) and the Director for Defense Intelligence (Intelligence & Security). Mr. Reid previously served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, where he advised the Assistant Secretary, the Under Secretary, and the Secretary of Defense on policies, plans, authorities, and resources related to special operations and irregular warfare. Mr. Reid retired from the U.S. Army in 2005.

 

Head photo of Robert RohrerRobert Rohrer, Assistant Director for Insider Threat, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) and Director, National Insider Threat Task Force
Robert "Bob" Rohrer currently serves as the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Assistant Director for Insider Threat and as the Director of the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITFF). Housed within NITFF is an interagency task force co-chaired by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of Justice. Mr. Rohrer is a long time member of the NCSC leadership team, having joined the NCSC in 2015 after a decade in the Intelligence Community, supporting global counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Assistance Director for the NCSC Mission Integration Directorate overseeing a wide-spectrum of national level programs. Previously, Mr. Rohrer served at the Deputy Director of the NITFF from 2017 to 2020 and the Technical Director the year prior. Mr. Rohrer brings a broad spectrum of experience in criminal and national security investigations, intelligence, counterintelligence, physical and electronic surveillance, and counterintelligence operations. He began his career in 1992 as a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Los Angeles, investigating human smuggling/trafficking, document/benefit fraud, and other Federal crimes. Mr. Rohrer led the creation of the INS's first field-level Technical Surveillance Unit, and supported undercover and wiretap operations throughout the Southwestern United States. In 2000, he became a Supervisory Special Agent, leading the Los Angeles INS Benefit Fraud and Technical Operations Units. In 2002, Mr. Rohrer became Section Chief (INS equivalent of an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge) in San Diego, and in 2003, with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he came to Washington, D.C. as part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transition team, merging legacy customs and immigration investigation programs into one organization. At ICE Headquarters, Mr. Rohrer served as the Chief of the ICE Compliance Enforcement Unit, and the Senior ICVE Liaison to the Central Intelligence Community. Mr. Rohrer holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University at Long Beach, and a Master of Science in Technology Management / Homeland Security Management from the University of Maryland, University College.

 

Head photo of MJ ThomasMJ Thomas, Director of Security, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
MaryJo “MJ” Thomas is Director of Security at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. She is responsible for overseeing all BIW Security functions including cyber, industrial and physical plant security programs. She manages day-to-day activities and ensures compliance with all programmatic, regulatory, legal and contractual requirements for these areas. She has extensive experience in matters concerning national security and the protection of defense weapons and technology, with specific expertise in crisis and change management and investigative leadership. Ms. Thomas spent much of her professional career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her most recent assignment was as FBI Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense for the FBI National Security branch. She was the primary interface between the FBI and the Office of Secretary Defense on national security issues which involved the FBI and she coordinated counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber and weapons of mass destruction matters between the two agencies. Her previous roles include Section Chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. Ms. Thomas joined the FBI as a special agent in 2000 after serving as a law enforcement officer in Rhode Island. Ms. Thomas also has served as a Security Forces Officer and Logistician in the Air Force, active duty and reserve. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy and the Academy of Military Science.

 

Head photo of LTG (ret.) Darsie RogersLTG (ret.) Darsie Rogers, Professor of Practice, ARLIS and Three-Star General (ret.), U.S. Army & Defense Threat Reduction Agency
LTG(R) Darsie D. Rogers, Jr. served in our Nation’s Army for over 34 years leading adaptable and high-performing teams in solving challenging problems in uncertain environments. As a Special Forces Soldier, Darsie served in the Pentagon and around the world, rising to the rank of three-star general.  Darsie’s military service saw combat through the dynamic and ambiguous environments of the Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and numerous contingency operations. Later he was responsible for leading US Special Operations Forces in the Middle East where he routinely engaged with US Ambassadors, Government Agencies, regional partner nations, and senior foreign government dignitaries and officials to protect US national interests.  He culminated his career at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency tasked with countering weapons of mass destruction and improvised threats. Darsie retired from active duty and joined the University of Maryland in August of 2020.  He serves on the board of several non-profit and charitable entities and advises private-sector organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University, a Masters of Arts from Louisiana State University, and a Masters of Science in Strategic Studies from the US Air Force War College.

 

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