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6411 - IT Sabotage and Workplace Violence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Wednesday, September 27
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

This session will describe the findings of the CERT Insider Threat Center's research into comparing and contrasting workplace violence and IT sabotage. The findings will identify the predispositions, precursors and behaviors that are common to both. We'll also suggest how organizations can develop dual-purpose, socio-technical controls to prevent, detect or proactively respond to the indicators before the damage occurs. Attendees will be given access to multiple free resources from CERT, including mitigation strategies for preventing, detecting and responding to all types of malicious and unintentional insider threats. There will also be an action plan presented for an organization's quick wins and high impacts for the next 30/60/90 days after the conference.

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Michael C. Theis

Assistant Director for Research
CERT Insider Threat Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Michael C. Theis (pronounced Tice) uses his 25-plus years as a counterintelligence supervisory special agent supporting the U.S. Intelligence community, along with his 30-plus years of concurrent computer systems engineering experience, to aid the CERT© Insider Threat Center in the research and development of socio-technical controls to prevent, detect and respond to insider threats. He is also a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Previously, Michael was the first-ever Cyber-Counterintelligence Program Manager for the National Reconnaissance Office, where he served as the Chief for Cyber-CI investigations and operations for more than six years. In 2006, he was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the nation by Computerworld Magazine. Michael is recognized by government, private industry, and academia, as a thought leader for insider threat, cyberspace intelligence/counterintelligence, and for complex cybedrsecurity issues.


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