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June Security Awareness:
Elicitation & Recruitment Part 2 – Can you recognize it?
In our last issue of this 2-part series, we discussed what elicitation was and how to evade it. In this issue we will discuss Recruitment, Insider Threat, and Reporting.
But 1st, a refresher from last time…
Spot & Assess: Foreign Intelligence Officers spot and assess individuals for potential recruitment. Adversaries are not necessarily looking for someone with a high level of access. The FIE will often explore potential exploitable weaknesses, which may be used as a lever against you in the future or they may look for information about someone else they are looking to recruit. These could include: Drugs or Alcohol, Gambling, Adultery, Financial Problems, or other weakness.
Spotting & Assessing to extract any information, (sensitive, proprietary, personal or not), can take place anywhere and is usually done in a non-threatening and natural manner – in a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, trade-show, social events, online venues, or even your own home.
Recruitment is obtaining cooperation from someone to provide sensitive or classified information leading to an Insider Threat.
- Meetings with the recruit will become more private and less likely to be observed or reported. This is when the adversary begins to cultivate a relationship with the individual.
- Can span a period of months or even years.
- By the time of recruitment, a foreign intelligence officer will have spotted, assessed, and elicited information from or about the target before “the pitch”.
- The pitch is a suggestion, proposition, offer, or threat intended to get someone to provide classified or sensitive information or commit some act.
Handling Phase – How does Recruitment occur:
- By the time the “Handling” phase is initiated, the individual is likely emotionally tied to the adversary.
- Reasons that a target may agree to be an asset include financial gain, blackmail, appeals to ideological leanings, or any other of a number of motivators unique to that recruit.
- Some of these may manifest as observable and reportable behaviors – Insider Threat.
Insider Threat reportable indicators:
- Signs of sudden or unexplained wealth and/or expensive purchases not logically supported by the individual’s income.
- Unreported frequent foreign travel or unreported foreign national contact
- Working outside of regular duty hours
- Seeking to gain higher clearance level, access information, or expand access outside the job scope without a bona fide need for the access.
- Engaging in classified conversations without a need to know
- Attempting to enter areas not granted access to or attend meetings without need for access.
- Repeatedly failing to follow security policies and procedures
- Exploitable behaviors such as use of alcohol or drugs, adultery, gambling, or financial troubles.
You encountered a Suspicious Contact with someone trying to elicit information from you
You encounter a Foreign Contact
You notice anyone display any of the Insider Threat Indicators above.
Be Assertive. Be Alert. Be Aware.
Report Suspicious Activity to ALKU Security!