Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Building an Insider Threat Program

This seven (7) hour online course provides a thorough understanding of the organizational models for an insider threat program, the necessary components to have an effective program, the key stakeholders who need to be involved in the process, and basic education on the implementation and guidance of the program.

This training is based upon the research of the CERT Insider Threat Center of the Software Engineering Institute. The CERT Insider Threat Center has been researching this problem since 2001 in partnership with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, other federal agencies, the intelligence community, private industry, academia, and the vendor community. This training course supports organizations implementing and managing insider threat detection and prevention programs based on various government mandates or guidance including: Presidential Executive Order 13587, the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards, and proposed changes set forth in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).

Please note that successful completion of this course is a required component of the Insider Threat Program Manager, Insider Threat Vulnerability Assessor, and Insider threat Program Evaluator Certificate Programs. To learn more about these certificates and package pricing for the courses, please go to:

Who should attend?

  • Insider Threat Program Team Members
  • Insider Threat Program Managers


This online course contains seven (7) hours of video instruction presented by experts from the CERT Insider Threat Center. Additionally, the course includes questions to confirm and reinforce your understanding of the concepts presented. The topics you will study are:

  • Components of an Insider Threat Program
  • Requirements for a formal program
  • Organization-wide participation
  • Oversight of program compliance and effectiveness
  • Integration with enterprise risk management
  • Prevention, detention and response infrastructure
  • Insider Threat training and awareness
  • Confidential reporting procedures and mechanisms

Learners will have one year to complete the course. Upon completing all course elements, the learner is awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.


At the completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • State the key components and principles of a formalized insider threat program
  • Identify the critical organizational entities that must participate in the development, implementation, and operation of the program
  • Begin or enhance their strategic planning for developing and implementing a formalized insider threat program
  • Create an implementation plan and roll-out
  • Identify the type of staff and skills needed as part of the insider threat program operational team
  • Identify the types of policies and procedures needed to institutionalize the insider threat program
  • Identify existing organizational policies and procedures which require enhancement to support the insider threat program activities
  • Determine the types of infrastructure requirements needed to support the insider threat program operations
  • Identify the type of governance and management support needed to sustain a formal insider threat program


There are no prerequisites for this course; however, students are strongly advised to first study the Insider Threat Overview: Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Insider Threats course to insure a thorough understanding of the course content.

The CERT STEPfwd (Simulation, Training, and Exercise Platform) is a flexible, multi-media, e-learning environment that you can access anywhere, anytime. To use STEPfwd effectively, you need the following:

  • Web browsers: Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 3+
  • Adobe Flash version 10+ (for Lecture and Demo access)
  • JRE Version 6+ (for lab access)
  • Computer system and network settings that allow access to streaming video from internet sources
  • Minimum client resolution of 1280x1024 to enable proper Video and Lab Player display
  • Internet connection of 384 Kbps or greater (to sustain downloads with no more than 230 ms of latency). STEPfwd does not currently support off-line viewing or content downloads. Operating Systems: Windows 98 / NT 4.0 / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Mac OS X
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  • Materials

    This course is presented in the form of video instruction presented by experts from the CERT Insider Threat Center. Self-assessments following each topic presented assist with comprehension of the subject matter. Learners will also be able to access additional resources related to the subject matter and a downloadable copy of the course presentation slides.

    Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials.

Course Details

Course Fees [USD]

eLearning: $500


This self-paced course is available online. The course comprises instruction, scenarios that explore how the concepts are applied, and self-assessment.

For More Information

Phone: 412-268-7622