guard leading man in handcuffs to cell Self-reporting allows an employee who is arrested for criminal activity to alert leadership to the issue early, before the employer jumps to conclusions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In any industry and in any workplace, gut instinct just doesn’t cut it anymore—strong job candidates who pass the pre-hire background check and wow leadership with their interview skills can easily devolve into individuals who put the company at risk.

Validating the fact that this is now a common workforce occurrence, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) and the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) spent all of September raising awareness for insider threat. Specifically, they and other experts discussed how, in many cases, employees don’t have malicious intent when they enter the workplace as a new hire. Instead, it’s pressure from both at-work and at-home factors that eventually lead them to inflict harm on the organization, its workers, or even the customers it serves.

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