National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF)

National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) Mission

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National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) Mission

The primary mission of the NITTF is to develop a Government-wide insider threat program for deterring, detecting, and mitigating insider threats, including the safeguarding of classified information from exploitation, compromise, or other unauthorized disclosure, taking into account risk levels, as well as the distinct needs, missions, and systems of individual agencies.


Establishment of NITTF

In October 2011, the president issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13587 (PDF) establishing the [National] Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF) under joint leadership of the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. The president directed federal departments and agencies with access to classified information to establish insider threat detection and prevention programs, and the NITTF to assist agencies in developing and implementing these programs. In November 2012, following an extensive interagency coordination and vetting process, the president issued the National Insider Threat Policy and the Minimum Standards (PDF) via a Presidential Memorandum.


NITTF Announcements:

  • NEW:  NITTF whitepaper on State of Insider Threat Programs:  Trends from Annual Reports, 2018-2020. Note, this product is only available to our US government partners.  US government partners can contact the NITTF Client Engagement Group  for a copy
  • NEW: NCSC and Federal Partners Kick Off "National Insider Threat Awareness Month” 2021
  • NEW:  NITTF collaborated with CDSE to produce the Insider Risk Implementation Guide for the Food and Agriculture Sector.
  • NEW: The Acting Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center has issued his letter of endorsement for the third annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month in September 2021.  Please join us during September to emphasize the importance of safeguarding our nation by detecting, deterring, and mitigating insider threats. If you would like to increase awareness in your workforce, visit our partner the Center for Development of Security Excellence, to learn more about the serious risks posed by insider threats and how to recognize and report anomalous/threatening activities to enable early intervention.
  • NEW: The National Counterintelligence and Security Center released Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective in March 2021. The publication is designed to raise awareness of insider threats to critical infrastructure organizations, provide information on how to incorporate this threat vector into organizational risk management, and offer best practices on how to mitigate insider threats.
  • The National Threat Task Force (NITTF) released the Insider Threat Program Maturity Framework on November 1, 2018. The Framework is an aid for advancing federal agencies’ programs beyond the Minimum Standards, and builds upon best practices found in the 2017 NITTF Insider Threat Guide. The goal is to help programs become more proactive, comprehensive, and better postured to deter, detect, and mitigate insider threat risk.
  • NITTF has developed technical bulletins to provide additional information to the insider threat community on technical topics existing within the Insider Threat community. Please review the NITTF Technical Page to view these bulletins.
  • NITTF has added additional resources to the NITTF Resource Library in the Additional Insider Threat Resources section (formerly known as Briefings to the Insider Threat Community section). Please take some time to review these resources provided by members of the Insider Threat Community.

NITTF Products and Resources:

Provided below are some resources NITTF has available to the Inside Threat Community.  To view additional resources please view our NITTF Resources Library.


Maturity Framework Frequently Asked Questions
20181030 NITTF Maturity Framework 20181030 NITTF Framework FAQs image
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NITTF Insider Threat Guide Protect Your Organization Guide
2017 Insider Threat Guide NITTF Government Best Practice
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Any Given Day Video
Any Given Day Video
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Insider Threat Training Mental Wellness Module
20180516 Insider Threat Module 20180516 Mental Wellness Module
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