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Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Coordination
Insider Threat Program
United States Department of Agriculture


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The National Insider Threat Policy aims to strengthen the protection and safeguarding of classified information by: establishing common expectations; institutionalizing executive branch best practices; and enabling flexible implementation across the executive branch.

What is an Insider Threat? An insider threat is 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. Whistleblowers are not insider threats and are protected under federal statutes.

OHSEC released Departmental Regulation (DR) 4600-003, USDA Insider Threat Program, on June 30, 2014.