New Certification Program Promotes Counter-Insider Threat Professionalism

Global Skills X-Change (GSX) and the University of Maryland have developed a certification program for counter-insider threat practitioners that promotes professional development and enhances workforce competency. Global Counter-Insider Threat Professional (GCITP) sets standards and supports the professionalization of government and private industry workforces specializing in countering insider threats.

GCITP is the first counter-insider threat professional certification program developed for a global audience and made eligible for both government and private industry professionals. This effort aligns with the existing Certified Counter-Insider Threat Professional program, which is only available to practitioners within the U.S. Government.

With the need for a workforce professionalization program for counter-insider threat practitioners within critical infrastructure, GCITP was designed for personnel working directly in a counter-insider threat (C-InT) program and/or performing C-InT-related analysis functions.  Moreover, the defense industrial base has requirements under 32 CFR Part 117 the National Industrial Security Program to implement insider threat programs in accordance with NITTF National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards.  Professionalizing counter-insider threat practitioners in critical infrastructure sectors supports these objectives.

The benefits of the GCITP certification program include:

For Individuals:

  • Fosters understanding of the concepts and principles deemed critical to perform C-InT activities.
  • Identifies the individual as a certified C-InT professional regardless of position or employing organization.
  • Promotes professional development.

For Organizations/Employers:

  • Provides metrics for employee and workforce performance management.
  • Provides reliable and valid metrics for employment decision-making (e.g., hiring, promotion, re-assignment)
  • Provides certified C-InT individuals to enhance workforce competency.

For the Profession:

  • Provides summary information about workforce strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provides valuable information that can be used to integrate workforce initiatives and align supporting capabilities (e.g., training and education) to a common set of skill standards.
  • Provides shared understanding by creating common standards to measure C-InT professionals.

For more information on the Global Counter-Insider Threat Professional (GCITP) Certification Program, visit

About GSX and ARLIS

GSX manages the daily operations of the GCITP program. Founded in 2003 as a successor to the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB), GSX builds and maintains mission-ready, resilient, and effective assessment programs and workforces so they thrive in constantly changing environments.

The University of Maryland and the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) are the lead organizations and conferral authority for GCITP. Located at the University of Maryland, College Park, ARLIS is a Department of Defense university-affiliated research center (UARC) intended as a long-term strategic asset for applied research and development in artificial intelligence, information engineering, and human systems.


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