According to a recent FBI report on pre-attack behaviors of active shooters, 62 percent who went on to become active shooters had a history of acting in a harassing, abusive, or oppressive manner, much of which can be observed in the workplace via technical means. Tracy Cassidy and Carrie Gardner, researchers with the CERT National Insider Threat Center, discuss research on using technology to detect an employee’s intent to cause physical harm.
Tracy Cassidy is an insider threat researcher at Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. She works in the CERT National Insider Threat Center (NITC). Tracy conducts research on issues such as the connection between the cyber and behavioral aspects of insider threat and utilizing positive incentives to mitigate insider threat. Tracy has more than 14 years of experience in the mental health field and is integrating this hands-on knowledge into research on behavioral aspects of threats, particularly those seen through cyber means.Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from New College of California, San Francisco. She was formerly licensed as a psychotherapist in California.
Carrie Gardner is a cybersecurity engineer at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Her primary work is with the National Insider Threat Center, where she works on best practices in insider threat risk management. Carrie is also a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information.
Carrie holds a master’s degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information, a graduate certificate in international affairs from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, and bachelor of arts degrees in political science and psychology from the Honor College at the University of North Texas.