[July 2017] Creating an Effective Insider Threat Program by Mark Kelton, former CIA Deputy Director of NCS

Thursday, July 20, 2017

5:30 PM – Networking & Dinner

6:00 PM – ISSA-NOVA Program

Mark Kelton

AA Professor at Georgetown University

Former CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) for Counterintelligence


In his talk, Mr. Kelton will address the increased vulnerability of the US government and private sectors to Insider Threats, to include lessons that might be drawn from recent cases to include those of Snowden, NSA contractor Harold Martin and WikiLeaks. He will discuss who perpetrates Insider Threat, their motives and what factors make an organization potentially more vulnerable to Insider Threat. Other topics to be covered include the course of a typical Insider Threat case, the key objectives of a successful Insider Threat Program; how an organization’s Insider Threat team is best organized and the reporting procedures that characterize an effective Insider Threat program. Finally, Mr. Kelton will consider the issues of privacy and the collection of sensitive personal information undertaken as part of an Insider Threat Program.


Mark Kelton is a seasoned leader with vast experience, knowledge and contacts in the intelligence and national security arenas. Having spent many years in the Central Intelligence Agency as one of the most senior ranking officers in the Clandestine Service, Mr. Kelton has tremendous expertise managing complexity, risk and relationships. He led activities pursuant to CIA’s most crucial missions, to include collection, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber operations. Mr. Kelton concluded his career as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence, leading the unit that protected the Nation’s most closely guarded secrets. By virtue of his experience overseeing the Intelligence Community’s “Gold Standard” Insider Threat Detection program, Mr. Kelton has comprehensive expertise in the detection, investigation and mitigation of Insider Threats.

Proficient in four foreign languages, Mr. Kelton has lived and worked on most continents. His career included sixteen years of overseas service, to include four assignments in key CIA field leadership positions in the then war-torn Croatia, Russia, Austria and Pakistan. He has been responsible for both creating strategy and for the tactical execution of programs and activities vital to protecting the United States of America. In those capacities, he regularly interacted with the most senior levels of the Executive branch and Congress.

Mr. Kelton is the recipient of the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, the 2015 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Intelligence Officer, the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit and numerous other awards.

Mr. Kelton is a consultant on insider threat, national security as well as intelligence issues and is on the Board of Advisors for Red Owl, an ISSA-NOVA Platinum Sponsor. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, an Advisory Board Director member for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative and is on the Insider Threat Subcommittee of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.



15036 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151


You can park in front of the building else behind in the garage. CSRA personnel will be at the entrance for security. Our conference room is the first one on the right.



Actual Registration URL is:         


For registration info contact Saravanan Ramachari at: vp_programs@issa-nova.org

ISSA-NOVA Officers

President: John von Ruden

Vice Presidents: Houda Abdelghani, Walter Cekala, Constantinos Doskas, Saravanan Ramachari, Karen Frederick, Raymond Stamps, Raja Medicherla, Bud Roth

Sponsored By:

The ISSA Northern Virginia (ISSA-NOVA) Chapter of ISSA International

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