The Insider Threat and the Employment Lifecycle

​The employment lifecycle is a human resources model that identifies stages in employees’ careers to help guide their management and performance. Since security is implicit in our day-to-day activities it must therefore be a continuing influence during the employment lifecycle of each and every individual. For an organisation to have effective security it needs documented policies and instructions to govern the actions of all those within its circle of trust. The vast majority of breaches and security events occur at the most basic levels of our defences. Most attacks succeed by directly targeting our people. Human error and ignorance amongst our workforces presents a huge gap in our defences but many organisations have still to fully integrate security into the employment lifecycle.


 Martin Smith, Chairman and Founder, The Security Company, UK

Martin Smith gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force, mainly assigned to counter-espionage and counter-terrorism duties. After being awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for this work. He joined Touche Ross Management Consultants before becoming the Senior Director of Corporate Security for Kroll Associates. He then joined Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information Security before forming The Security Company Limited. He is a Fellow of The Security Institute, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and Chairman and Founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group. He is an active member of ASIS International Europe and the Information Assurance Advisory Council. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Panel of the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation.