Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
ED 520
16 weeks (35 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 strategic security


The course objective is to enable the student to assess risks posed by trusted insiders and specific psychological factors that contribute to risk.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess risks posed by trusted insiders and specific psychological factors that contribute to risk.
  • Evaluate the historical context for insider threat and the impact of political and socioeconomic factors on threat behavior and incident response.
  • Critique current policies and programs designed to counter the insider threat and relate multi-disciplinary risk mitigation actions to their field of study.
  • Differentiate government and private sector insider threat response.
  • Evaluate specific problem sets related to privacy and civil liberties concerns, cyber insider threat, and acts of violence.
  • Appraise the current state of social and behavioral science research into insider threat and propose future areas of research to address insider threats.

General Topics:

  • • Course Introduction and Insider Threat Manifestations • Psychology of Insider Threat – Behavioral Models and Theories • Historical Response to Insider Threat • A New Paradigm: Counter Insider Threat Today in Policy and Practice • Indicators and Other Notions • Basic Insider Threat Hub Operations • Critical Thinking and Insider Threat Analysis • Legal Considerations, Privacy & Civil Liberties, and Ethics • Cyber Insider Threat Deep Dive • Kinetic Violence Deep Dive • Behavioral Science and Insider Threat Research • Whistleblowing and Insider Threat
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Written Papers
  • discussion forums

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials