In the age of data security, the “internal threat” is increasingly becoming a sharp point of focus for governments and corporations around the world.
While organisations continue to test their security and emergency management plans to reduce external threats, recent global events have highlighted the enormous damage that can be inflicted by agents from within.
Think NSA leaker Edward Snowden, or Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz – these are the high profile cases, but there is a huge spectrum of risk for companies and government agencies that needs to be recognised and managed.
Counter-terrorism expert and principal consultant at global emergency management company Dynamiq, Joseph Iannazzo, told Business Insider corporations and employers needed to be aware of potential security incidents arising from within the workplace.
“The threat of a terrorist act is a trending issue currently being discussed by the media and risk managers. However, the likelihood of a malicious insider or disgruntled worker, contractor or customer should be just as concerning,” he says.
Iannazzo says many companies haven’t taken adequate steps to identify the types of threats they’re exposed to.
“Some organisations have general plans in place but they won’t necessarily be able to combat insider threats because they require a different, more targeted approach,” he says.
Having worked with the Australian federal attorney-general’s department on counter-terrorism, Iannazzo now advises businesses and clients on using an intelligence-led approach to ensuring the safety and security of their people, assets and operations.
Late last month he addressed the subject of Managing The Threat From Within at the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL) conference in Melbourne.
Here’s his presentation, which he’s kindly allowed us to reproduce.