October 27-28, 2020 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA 

Defense Strategies Institute’s 5th Annual Counter-Insider Threat Symposium will bring together senior-level officials from the US Government and Industry to discuss the advancement of policies, operations, and technologies designed to detect, deter and defend against insider threats.


2020 Confirmed Speakers Include:

William Lietzau
Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

Brig Gen Terry Bullard, USAF
Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Richard D. McComb, SES
Chief Security Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Charles Margiotta
National Insider Threat Task Force

Dr. Brad Millick
Director, Insider Threat Program
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

M.A. "Mo" Myers
Assistant Director
Insider Threat Office

Delice Bernhard
Director, Department of Defense Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center
Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

Download the Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

The US Government continues to face insider threats, data breaches, and unauthorized disclosures. When trusted insiders disclose sensitive information to the public or adversaries, they degrade and disrupt our ability to conduct intelligence missions and can put many people at risk. Often, insider threats are perpetuated by unknowing and unwitting employees, rather than those with malignant intentions. Regardless of the motivations, the consequences of Insider Threat can be catastrophic.

COVID 19’s sudden and dramatic impact on the workforce creates a significant challenge for those involved in countering insider threats. Employees are now more likely to be working outside of a controlled environment, making monitoring and support even more difficult. This once-in-a-generation pandemic has increased stressors on the workforce that in turn increase the likelihood of becoming an insider threat.

Government agencies have struggled with combatting this threat and investing sufficiently into InT programs. Insider threat is a complex challenge due to its ever-evolving nature. Organizations must look at behavioral, financial, and cultural indicators, in addition to implementing data security measures. Successful programs require a blend of educational and analytic capabilities to be effective.

Speakers from the IC, DoD, DOJ, industry, and academia will discuss the obstacles in developing operational insider threat programs and examine the ways in which private-public collaboration can mutually solve many of the challenges faced by both sectors. Furthermore, discussions will highlight the technological advancements and tools which support the detection of threats and advance the accurate risk analysis of behavioral, economic, and cultural indicators.

The Only Whole of Govt. Insider Threat Event
2 Days, 20+ Speakers & Opportunities for Industry

- Monitoring and Managing Stressors Posed by COVID 19 in Order to Reduce Insider Threat Risks

- Developing Counter-Insider Threat Professionals to Improve Insider Threat Programs

- Understanding the 2020 Counterintelligence Strategy and National Efforts to Prevent Insider Threats

- Technology Solutions to Support Insider Threat Programs

- Protecting Personal Privacy While Mitigating Risks Through Continuous Evaluation

- Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Insider Threats

- Safeguarding the Integrity and Trustworthiness of the Federal Workforce

- Leveraging Advanced Behavioral Analytics to Detect Threats


At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing insider threat programs.

  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

- DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD, IC, DOJ, DHS, and Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success in an efficient expenditure of time.

- DSI’s Symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

- The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD, IC and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Counter-Insider Threat Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

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