Dave Lewis at Liquid Matrix has pointed out an article from Denver 9 News. Apparently, TSA employees no longer have to go through security when reporting to work -- they are allowed to take backpacks purses, and other personal items into secured areas without inspection.
From Denver 9 News:
The TSA says the new policy is part of a risk-based security screening process where there are multiple layers of security
"We have a finite amount of resources and we allocate those where we think the risk is greatest," said Harmon. "It's based on intelligence; it's based on knowledge of our people and our processes."
The TSA says its employees have background checks before they are hired. TSA policy says employees are supposed to report any other arrest, including an alcohol related arrest, within 24 hours or, due to circumstances beyond their control, as soon as possible after that. [From 9NEWS.com | Colorado's Online News Leader | Airport screeners bypassing security]
Most companies vet their employees as part of the hiring process as well -- the TSA isn't unique there. I certainly had to go through a background check before starting my current position. In my position, secured areas are electronic rather than physical, but the general principals still apply.
I don't have unfettered access to secure areas. There are still access controls, audits, and policies that manage my access. In short, the access rules are designed to minimize insider threats.
Yes, inside attacks are much rarer than external attacks, but the impact is far more severe when the attacks do occur. The insiders know exactly where the valuable targets are and how to exploit them.
Insider threat is real, and TSA has an easy win available to them to -- a policy decision to make employees go through existing security check points.