IDG Contributor Network: What Hamilton can teach us about insider threats

In cybersecurity, it’s often said that “hindsight is 20/20” when a breach or leak occurs.

It’s not for lack of trying. The effort is usually there, with many cybersecurity teams deploying an extensive array of strategies and tools designed to mitigate risk to property, systems, and data. It’s unfortunate when an incident occurs, but the key to thwarting future incidents often lies with a little history lesson.

What can be learned by looking back at past incidents? I found myself (much like I often do) thinking about this question while taking in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.

I know what you’re thinking: “What does Hamilton have to do with cybersecurity?” But bear with me – U.S. history can teach us a surprising amount about cybersecurity threats. While the songs of Hamilton are catchy, and the musical numbers are impressive, there’s much more to the story. When I watched the show, I couldn’t stop thinking that Vice President Aaron Burr exuded all the characteristics of a modern-day insider threat.