Insider Threat: The Psychological Pathways to Betrayal


Utilizing case studies of traitors ranging from Kim Philby and Oleg Gordievsky to mass leakers Snowden and Manning; Canada's Morrison, Brunet, Delisle, and a very recent Canadian case, this workshop examines the psycho-social drivers of betrayal, as well as its external triggers. Using a cross-section of traitors, participants will examine the critical pathways to betrayal, discovering the intervention points for prevention and mitigation.

The course will highlight the organizational predispositions and behaviours that can exacerbate low-risk insider threats. Organizational culture and shortcomings share responsibility with insider threats and their receptive external platforms. Instruction will consist of short lectures designed to promote discussion, encouraging participants to offer their views.



  • Damage insider threats pose to public and private sector organizations
  • Preventive and mitigative measures used to safeguard one's assets and brand



  • Anyone working in security and intelligence, as well as public and private sector employees working in internal and physical security, human resources, recruiting, and psychological services.



6 hours



  • $595 (plus tax)
  • As of January 2023: $655 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Daniel M. Stanton served for thirty-two years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, including twelve years as an Executive Manager in operations. Mr. Stanton had a lengthy career in domestic and international operations. He is the Director of the National Security Program at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. A graduate of Queens University, Mr. Stanton has an Honours B.A. in History and Philosophy.


This was by far the best and most interesting course I've taken in years. The prof was very knowledgeable and provided many great examples that were interesting and relevant.

- Past Participant


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S00162211AInsider Threat: The Psychological Pathways to Betrayal10/3/202210/4/2022AutumnOnlineRegister to Event
S00162301AInsider Threat: The Psychological Pathways to Betray1/26/20231/27/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event
S00162304AInsider Threat: The Psychological Pathways to Betray4/24/20234/25/2023SummerOnlineRegister to Event