About Us


Insider Threat Defense (ITD), Inc. was founded in 2009 by Mr. Jim Henderson (CEO Bio). Our offices are located in Silver Spring, Maryland and West Palm Beach, Florida. We are a U.S. Based company and provide our services worldwide.

ITD training and services are based off of our
Real World Experience (10+ Years) helping the U.S, Government (Department of Defense, Intelligence Community) and businesses develop robust and effective Insider Threat Program's, using a methodical approach and ability to Think Outside The Box. ITD provides our clients with the Gold Standard for successful Insider Threat Risk Mitigation.

ITD is a pioneer in Insider Threat Program (ITP) Management Training. We were one of the first companies to offer comprehensive ITP Development / Management Training to the U.S. Government and defense contractors, who were required to implement ITP's, based of off National Insider Threat Policy, and NISPOM Conforming Change 2 regulations.

ITD training and services go beyond traditional compliance regulations; National Insider Threat Policy, NISPOM Conforming Change 2, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), General Data Protection Regulation, Etc.). These compliance regulations are very weak in the area of Insider Threat Mitigation.

Unlike other ITP Management Training and service providers, our training and services are based off of more then just limited knowledge and research. A primary centerpiece of our training and services is that we incorporate
Lessons Learned based on our analysis of ITP's, and Insider Threat related incidents encountered from working with our clients, and from collaboration with an extensive network of ITP Managers / Security Professionals.

The CEO of ITD is the Founder-Chairman of the National Insider Threat Special Interest Group (NITSIG). The NITSIG is a unique and specialized Information Sharing and Analysis Center, focused primarily on Insider Threat Risk Mitigation. The NITSIG Membership is the largest network (
1000+) of Insider Threat Risk Mitigation Security Professionals in the U.S. The willingness of NITSIG Members to collaborate and share information among the membership, has been the driving force that has made the NITSIG very successful. ITD incorporates this vast amount of Insider Threat Intelligence into all our training and services.

A robust and effective ITP is built on top of a solid foundation of security. Our training and services incorporate these foundations from other training courses ITD has developed and taught. In 2009 NSA awarded ITD a contract for an Information Systems Security Program / Insider Threat Training Course. This course was taught to 100 NSA Security Professionals (ISSM / ISSO), the DoD, Navy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy National Labs, and to many other organizations.

ITD works with our clients to proactively identify and mitigate security weaknesses and vulnerabilities that could
Enable a Malicious Insider. We execute the Malicious Insiders Playbook of Tactics of potential breach scenarios, to demonstrate to our clients the many Insider Threat risks that regulations and traditional security approaches fail to mitigate, and will put an organization’s assets at risk.

ITD is excited to announce we have provided our training and services to
540+ organizations and 680+ security professionals working for; Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government Agencies (Department of Defense, Intelligence Community), Defense Contractors, Critical Infrastructure Providers, Aviation / Airline Industry, Spacecraft Manufacturing-Launch Providers, Technology Companies, Banking - Financial Industry, Health Care Industry, and other large and small businesses. (Client Listing)

ITD has won numerous awards from the FBI InfraGard Program, Maryland InfraGard, American Society For Industrial Security (ASIS), and the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association, and has been recognized for various contributions in the many aspects of the security field.



Insider Threat Program Management Expertise Supporting DoD / IC

  • Mr. Henderson previously worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Insider Threat Counterintelligence Group (ITCIG), as a Insider Threat Security Analyst.

  • Mr. Henderson was instrumental in providing support to the DoD ITCIG in the following areas;

  • Assisted with establishing a comprehensive and structured DoD Enterprise Insider Threat Program Management Framework (ITPMF), that integrated the security disciplines of Counterintelligence (CI), Security and Information Assurance (IA). The ITPMF defined the baseline activities to be conducted by DoD Combatant Commands, Services and Agencies to support their ITP's. The ITPMF served as guidance for the DoD before National Insider Threat Policy was established.

  • Assisted with establishing comprehensive risk mitigation strategies for the DoD Enterprise, in the areas of IA and Security (Management, Operational, Technical Controls), that would protect classified information, information systems and prevent espionage.

  • Created the DoD Insider Threat Program Inspection Checklist covering CI, Security and IA. This checklist was used to conduct comprehensive audits of DoD organizations for compliance with various DoD directives, instructions, policies.

  • Served as a liaison for information sharing and collaboration between Intelligence Community Agencies (ICA's) and DoD Commands, Services and Agencies (CSA's). Provided guidance and training to ICA's and CSA’s to assist them with the establishment of an Insider Threat Program for their organization.

  • Evaluated existing DoD CSA's and ICA's Insider Threat Programs as reference models for the DoD ITPMF.


Insider Threat Defense Forms Strategic Partnership With Insider Threat Management Group

  • In June of 2016, Insider Threat Defense was excited to announce a strategic partnership with Mr. Shawn Thompson of the Insider Threat Management Group.

  • This partnership will provide both Insider Threat Defense and Insider Threat Management Group clients with a “Full Suite" of Premier Insider Threat Mitigation Services.

  • Mr. Thompson is a Licensed Attorney, Member of the Maryland Bar Association, former Federal Prosecutor, Special Agent, and Insider Threat Program Manager. Mr. Thompson's in-depth experience and understanding of the intricacies of developing, implementing and managing an Insider Threat Program are unmatched. (Legal Considerations For Insider Threat Programs, User Activity Monitoring, Investigations, Etc.)


Background On Mr. Thompson


  • Mr. Thompson has over 15 years of experience investigating, prosecuting, and mitigating insider threat risks. He is widely recognized for his "Insider Threat Expertise" and unparalleled scope and breadth of experience.


  • Mr. Thompson has successfully prosecuted numerous economic espionage cases and investigated several high profile insider threat cases. He has provided expert assessments and briefings on Insider Threats to the highest levels of government. 


  • Mr. Thompson has been involved in developing, implementing and managing Insider Threat Programs for numerous U.S. Government Agencies. His work with the National Insider Threat Task Force led to the creation of the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Agencies.


  • Mr. Thompson has served in numerous high profile positions:

    • Chairman, Insider Threat Mission Group, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

    • Insider Threat Program Manager, United States Department of Defense

    • Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office

    • Senior Litigation Attorney, United States Department of Defense

    • Assistant General Counsel, FBI

    • Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office


  • Mr. Thompson is the Legal Advisor to the National Insider Threat Special Interest Group (NITSIG).


Contact Information:
Shawn Thompson
CEO Insider Threat Management Group, LLC

Insider Threat Program Management Training Course Instructor
Insider Threat Mitigation Expert / Consultant
Lawyer (Corporate Legal Services)




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