Key responses to insider threat poll

Of course, the poll is spell casting. The poll is set up such that people can easily fill in from whatever universe they have built for themselves and respond from there, assuming that whatever meaning they have just interpreted, was meant in the poll. 

You or I might think that at least one would show courage and put up a fight. But neither you nor I have suffered as they, and even we have born witness in silence to lesser ills under less dire threat. Yet, in the face of evil, to sit silent is an even greater evil. Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds. ~ Robert Fanney

Keys open and close doors. Opening a door requires taking risks regarding one’s own security. It may lead to conflict. What the keys had to say …

Protagonist and antagonist

Heinlein was always cogent on the subject: “You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.” — Robert A. Heinlein (The Green Hills of Earth) via Stiles Roberts

How very true. Our minds make up stories. A villain is preferred in any story or else it will be boring. And the villain does not need to be a person or something evil. The villain can be anything or anyone. It is The One that makes things go wrong. Agent programs in the matrix, silent weapons in conspiracy circles, … He/she/it makes the hero try to fight him/her/it. It doesn’t mean a villain has magical powers (Newest laptops, hi-speed Wi-Fi, bag of twinkies) and is trying to take over the world.

In the Wikileaks story the main villain may be Assange, the one who is doing something to governments and businesses that causes these to save the world by stopping attacks on its ignorant sub-systems that just happen to be unnecessary villains in the story.

Or, the main villain may be resource greedy and power hungry governments and businesses, the ones who are using secrecy against civilians and employees, that cause those to rise against irresponsible management and less-account-able leadership in user generated networks like anonymous, save the world by 3DoS attacks and just happen to present lesser unknowns to those reading/writing the story  (3DoS or DDDoS spans the network stack from layer 2 through layer 7).

Or, the hero and the villain can be made one and the same. Which can make for some fantastic plots that unravel with an interesting twist at the end of the story.

Are you sure you don’t mean malicious outsiders? (the last insiders). That would make it a no-brainer 😉 Malicious insiders are likely to need careless insiders as well. Without careless insiders it would be difficult to get your hands on much data at all in most organisations. ~ Willem van den Ende

Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Man, Living Being vs Living Being, Gods vs. Mortals, Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Fate, Man vs. Destiny. We can build any story we like and take a side we choose and justifies our own ignorance or makes the threat seem less (or worse).

From ignorance our comfort flows. The only wretched are the wise. — Matthew Prior via Ron Thompson III


Any plot that only revolves around villains, lesser villains and heroes is boring. Really. We need a sound reason for the chosen characters to be at war with one another. Many possibilities, and most are unoriginal. This has a reason.

Our Locus Coelureus, “the blue spot”, the principal site for brain synthesis of noradrenaline, also known as norepinephrine, has us play out incongruent well-known reactions to stress using our pre-conceived notions.

The good thing is, these will be recognisable by readers of our stories. One has to have something to identify with as reader.

More good news is that we do learn and on occasion we are original. A couple of thousand years of written tradition and an even longer oral tradition has been passed down to us, so we have a vast choice of existing plots to draw from. We can weave those into more interesting plots.

As an aside, if you really want an original plot, learn to lessen the activity of this Locus. Many practices are possible, among which are shaman practices and Satir training. Teacher drugs like LSD can teach you the still-recognisable beginnings too. And some (minimally) seventh heaven sex of course. But be careful. All of these paths requires commitment to improve self and congruent dignity to succeed.

In our poll we can create a problem that we think the villain might try to create. Have more (serious) leaks (prepare for the release on banking practices), make government pretend to be friends while infiltrating and destroying from the inside. Or make it a local problem. Make it a plot against “the commons”, make it a mirror of self, make it hit hard emotionally.

The threat to anyone’s personal security from their own carelessness or stupidity exceeds the threat from their inner demons. ~ Rick

A malicious insider causes other than first order damage, e.g. to trust and self-confidence. Of course these things likely need adjustment. It depends, for example, whether one’s carelessness is more risky than an inner suicidal demon or serial cannibal demon etc. Of course dying from carelessness may or may not be worse than dying at the hand of ones suicidal aspect. Depends on what that leads to. But some would probably prefer one’s own death from carelessness to killing many others as self expression. ~ Philip Trice

It doesn’t matter if intent is direct evil or innocent – if the result is catastrophe then the action is bad. If I shot someone by mistake or if I shot with intent – isn’t the person dead? ~ Becky Winant

A valid judgment after the result! But before anything had happened would you be safer hanging around someone who intended to shoot you or around someone who might accidentally do so? Or conversely would you yourself be more dangerous by intent or by mistake? I would hope to be more dangerous by intent – but mistakes are tricksters! ~ Philip Trice

A determined and competent insider can inflict more damage, but that scenario (intent, talent, opportunity, action) is going to be rare. Overconfident, under-reflective, immature, misdirected, ignorant, careless insiders vastly outnumber the malicious insider, but it’s more likely that a determined skilled malicious insider would inflict more extensive damage than a klutz. ~ Ralph

If they were both poor shots, then it might be safer to be around the one who’s trying to shoot you … And even if the malicious one is a good shot, knowing their intent lets you take appropriate precautions. Taking precautions against stupidity is tough. People can be so creative in their stupidity — you never know just how it’s going to come at you. ~ Graham Oakes


I have chosen for ignorance as main inside villain. I am not response-able for other people, but my hero is “menswaardigheid” (dignity). And when Zwadderneel gains clues that something is a miss this part of mine starts a journey or quest to discover what I am (or others are) trying to hide from my own eyes.

What is happening to Mr. Manning as a supposedly “malicious” insider, who allegedly released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks and Julian Assange?

The US has him in solitary confinement, more than 200 days now. Manning got to see material that indicated deceit and less dignified practices by army members, diplomats, company employees … and he believed that information should be availed to the public. And he was probably ignorant about the possible consequences of his actions, let alone what might come back to him as a result of his actions. Either way, he stands up for what he believes in. Some wars are worth fighting! Have the courage to stand with him.


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