The 2021 Insider Threat Virtual Conference, hosted jointly by the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA), Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)), will bring together security professionals and policy makers across U.S. government and industry to kick off the National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM) campaign. This year’s NITAM theme is “Insider Threat and Cultural Awareness.”


Participating in Insider Threat Awareness Month 2021 can help your program detect, deter, and mitigate insider threats by increasing awareness and promoting reporting. Insider threat awareness is not about curtailing protected free speech or suppressing legitimate whistleblowing; it is about preventing the exploitation of authorized access to cause harm to an organization or its resources. It is vital that we prevent these actions and safeguard national security, while protecting privacy and civil liberties.


The 2021 Insider Threat Virtual Conference features senior level speakers and panelists who will present on the current state of DoD, federal, and industry insider threat programs; the importance of cultural awareness in combating the insider threat; strategies for developing positive organizational culture and sub-culture; and resources for training and professionalization of the insider threat practitioner community. Please join us and be part of the conversation.


Virtual Streaming Dates:


Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern


Audience:  Up to 3,000 Insider Threat practitioners, and counterintelligence and security professionals from the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, private industry, critical infrastructure sectors, and academia.


Location:  Virtual sessions will be available through Adobe Connect online platform.  You will receive the direct link to access the conference after you register.


Classification:  This conference is UNCLASSIFIED.  Classified and FOUO/controlled unclassified information (CUI) will NOT be presented or discussed.

Visit the FAQ below to learn about technical requirements.



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1.  Who may attend the 2021 Insider Threat Virtual Security Conference?

Insider Threat practitioners, and counterintelligence and security professionals from the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, private industry, critical infrastructure sectors, and academia.  Space is limited, so register early.


2.  How will I know I am registered?

You will receive an email confirmation once you register.  


3.  What will I need to access the conference?

You will need a computer or mobile device, internet connection, and the .gov or .mil email and password you used during registration. You may also need a telephone depending on your audio preference (see number five). You will receive an email with the direct link to the conference and phone conferencing information in a reminder email closer to the event.


4.  What are the system requirements?

You can access the conference from any computer as long as you have an Internet connection and a current HTML5 browser. Alternatively, you may access the event with the Adobe Connect application or an Adobe Flash Player browser.  For more detailed information about the Adobe Connect web conferencing application see the Adobe Connect Getting Started page.


We have setup a test Adobe Connect room that is an actual virtual room on CDSE Adobe Connect. To test your connection: enter your name into the Guest box, select "Enter Room", review the Terms of Use, and select "OK".


If the hyperlink does not work, copy and paste the below test link into your browser:


You may test your system connection in various browsers (e.g., IE9, Firefox, Chrome).


5.  What are the video and audio requirements?

In order to accommodate various audience participation and bandwidth concerns, audio for the conference will be available through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and a separate phone conferencing service.


For VoIP, you will be listening through your computer or mobile device speakers.  Remember to unmute and adjust your computer or mobile device speaker volume accordingly.  If you experience technical issues with VoIP, please use the separate phone conferencing service.


For phone conferencing service, simply dial the conference line provided in the conference reminder email and enter the participant code when prompted.

While not always necessary, some tips for maximizing the conference connection performance include the following:

  • Closing all other open applications
  • Disabling popup blocking
  • Clearing the Internet browser’s cache

6. How many PDUs will I earn for attending this conference?

Participants will earn 4 PDUs for conference participation. Speakers will earn 5 PDUs per presentation but no more than 25 PDUs for this event. More information about recording PDUs can be found at


7.  Can I participate as a group in a large conference room?

In normal circumstances, participation as a group in a large conference room would be encouraged.
However, due to the extraordinary times in which we live, it is discouraged.


8.  Will I receive a certificate of attendance for this conference?

No.  A certificate of attendance is not required to record PDUs earned. An email confirming attendance or a registration email may be used instead.



Sponsored by Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

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