publication . Thesis . 2012

New technologies and emerging threats: personnel security adjudicative guidelines in the age of social networking

Festa, James P.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2012
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Publicized incidents involving espionage or violence by government employees with security clearances have raised concern for the personnel security community. The guidelines used to adjudicate security clearances were last updated in 2005; since that time, significant technological developments, especially in social media and communications, have emerged. This thesis developed a comprehensive list of current Internet behaviors, and used the list to examine Internet behavior in cases of cleared government employees who have been charged with espionage or terrorism-related crimes since 2008. Cases showed a trend of increasing variety of behaviors in these cases w...
free text keywords: Personnel security, adjudicative guidelines, security clearance, government employment, suitability, background investigation, cybervetting, computers, social media, social networking, insider threat, espionage, terrorism, hacking, Internet crime, cyber bullying, doxing, phishing, operations security (OPSEC), Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), Guideline M, Use of Information Technology Systems, online gaming, virtual worlds
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