Jill Hruby talks with Annelies Verlinden
NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby, left, talks with Annelies Verlinden, Belgian Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reform, and Democratic Renewal at the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation in Brussels.

Participants from 65 countries exchanged ideas, perspectives, and best practices to “Expect the Unexpected” for insider threats at nuclear and radiological facilities

NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby participates in panel discussion at the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation
NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby gestures during a panel discussion at the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation, March 5, 2024

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Belgian Federal Agency on Nuclear Control (FANC) co-hosted the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation in Brussels, Belgium March 5-7. 

The theme of the symposium was “Expect the Unexpected: Exploring Multidisciplinary Approaches to Insider Threat Mitigation,” and it showcased how practitioners, industry, and regulators are advancing the state-of-practice for insider threat mitigation at nuclear and radiological facilities. 

People watch a presentation.
Participants in the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation.

“The challenge of mitigating insider threats is significant but together we are making progress,” said Jill Hruby, NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security. See the rest of her remarks here.

Insiders can pose a threat to nuclear and radiological security because their access, authority, and knowledge grant them opportunities to bypass dedicated nuclear and radiological security elements. 

“This symposium is about bringing together experts from various sectors to share experiences, to learn from each other, and above all to connect and create longstanding alliances,” said Annelies Verlinden, Belgian Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reform, and Democratic Renewal. “Against insider threats, the power of collaboration forms the network of our defense."

 We have increased our expertise, strengthened our tools, and shared best practices. I applaud your efforts in working to create a more secure world.

Jill Hruby
NNSA Administrator

In 2016, recognizing the international community’s need to address the insider threat, the United States sponsored Information Circular 908 – Joint Statement on Mitigating Insider Threats (INFCIRC/908) at the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Joint Statement is now endorsed by 34 countries and INTERPOL. 

Over 200 people from 65 countries participated in the symposium, including regulators, practitioners, industry experts, and members of academia. Participants experienced hands-on demonstrations, conducted interactive exercises, showcased key accomplishments achieved since the first symposium in 2019, and discussed “over the horizon” topics related to mitigating insider threats. 

Administrator Hruby concluded, “We have increased our expertise, strengthened our tools, and shared best practices. I applaud your efforts in working to create a more secure world.” 

Learn more about INFCIRC/908 and insider threat mitigation by visiting https://www.insiderthreatmitigation.org/

A group of presenters pose for a photo.
Presenters at the Second International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation.