All currently cleared U.S. federal contractors will have to have completed an insider threat training course as of June 1 in order to maintain their security clearance.
The class is part of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NIPSOM) Change 2, a government regulation that mandates that all cleared third-party contractor take an insider threat training program. This is the second stage in a new compliance requirement, the first took effect on November 30, 2016 when contractors had to implement a number of steps to protect themselves from insider threats.
The June 1 deadline focuses on individual training with all third-party vendor employees who hold a security clearance having until that day to have completed their training course. The courses teach the workers to how to recognize types of suspicious activity, identify information likely to be targeted by cyberespionage attacks, and be able to identify foreign collection attempts targeting U.S. critical technologies.