A wide range of technological, social, economic, political, and environmental factors are changing the landscape for insider threat prevention. The DoD defines an insider threat as anyone who “has, or once had authorized access to information, a facility, a network, a person, or a resource of the Department; and wittingly, or unwittingly, commits an act in contravention of law or policy that resulted in, or might result in, harm through the loss or degradation of government or company information, resources, or capabilities; or a destructive act, which may include physical harm to another in the workplace.”
This report and its accompanying map highlight ten future forces shaping the landscape within which insider threat prevention efforts operate. For each category—social, technological, economic, environmental, and political—two future forces and a combination of emerging threats and opportunities for the future of counter-insider threat are described. Each force describes a broad change that will reshape the insider threat mission space.
The implications and opportunities presented in this report provide a starting point for identifying promising areas for future research that will help DoD develop and implement key strategic, operational, and tactical plans for upstream resilience against insider threat.