Blogger: Dan Blum
According to The Register artticle TSA worker tried to sabotage terror database, feds say a contractor was caught planting malware in an important terrorist screening database. That this almost-disaster should happen to the TSA, part of a superpower’s Department of Homeland Security, has to make you stop and think.
How do we reconcile trust, reciprocity with some of harsher best practices for organizations and communities? Not very well. As kids we’re also taught to be wary of strangers and to distrust. But educating kids (and employees!) to “trust yet distrust” is a practical necessity. How might we do a better job of contextualizing knowledge, awareness, education, and process both in the young and in the organization is part of that critical “human factor” of security.
A separate issue remains: What if an associate anticipates being part of layoff perceived as unfair or discovers, senses, or imagines that he in particular is no longer wanted and will be fired? This is a psychological as well as a confidentiality problem and must be addressed through knowledge and awareness of psychology as well as other elements of the security program.