CERT-SEI

04/24/2013

United States Secret Service Honors CERT Insider Threat Team Members

April 24, 2013—At an award ceremony held at the headquarters of the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) CERT Program in Pittsburgh, Pa., Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge (ATSAIC) Ryan Moore, United States Secret Service (USSS), honored Randy Trzeciak and Todd Lewellen for their efforts and superior contributions to the law enforcement responsibilities of the Secret Service. Both Trzeciak and Lewellen are members of the SEI technical staff working for the CERT Insider Threat Center. 

"The Insider Threat Study is an excellent example of collaboration between the federal government and private sector to safeguard the financial payment systems of the United States." - ATSAIC Moore, United States Secret Service

In presenting the award on behalf of USSS Director Mark Sullivan, ATSAIC Moore cited the recent work of the CERT Insider Threat Center on a major study of insider fraud in the financial sector funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in collaboration with the USSS and the CERT Insider Threat Center. In particular, the award acknowledges the contributions of Trzeciak and Lewellen during the project's outreach and transition phase, which required them to present their findings and insights at the USSS Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) meetings conducted throughout the nation. "The Insider Threat Study is an excellent example of collaboration between the federal government and private sector to safeguard the financial payment systems of the United States," said ATSAIC Moore.  

"This is part of a large, yearlong effort involving a number of people," said Trzeciak. "While Todd and I were present for the task force meetings, we both wanted to acknowledge the hard work of Adam Cummings, David McIntire, and Andy Moore." Cummings, McIntire, and Moore are all members of the SEI technical staff.

The SEI researchers collaborated on a study of insider fraud in the financial sector in which it examined 80 cases provided by the USSS. They complemented their case reviews with a study of investigator notes and interviews with the investigators themselves. Drawing on this work, the research team produced two publicly available reports: Insider Fraud in the Financial Services and Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector.

As part of the second phase of the project, the team embarked on an outreach and transition mission via the ECTF meetings sponsored by the USSS in a number of major cities across the country. Their purpose was to disseminate the team's insights and findings to agents assigned to the ECTF's. When called on to do so, Trzeciak and Lewellen extended their discussions beyond the "insider fraud" study to address a range of topics in the arena of insider threat.

For more information about the CERT Program's Insider Threat Center, please visit http://www.cert.org/insider_threat/.

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