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Threat Assessment and Management

Violence can erupt in the workplace at any moment. At school, while traveling, in shareholder meetings or online, potential threats can develop at any time.

Ex-spouses, disgruntled employees, stalkers and others often offer warning signs before they engage in dangerous, threatening or violent behavior. Protecting people and facilities, as well as reducing liability, is critical in the face of potential threats. AT-RISK can monitor, analyze and assess the likelihood of threats. We also provide strategies to mitigate those dangers, throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Services
AT-RISK can detect and manage potential threats wherever they occur, with services that include the following:

    Planning and preparation. Using our comprehensive assessment process, we identify vulnerabilities in your threat management program and help design a strategy based on industry best practices. Long before a threat occurs, training of personnel and “threat proofing” of facilities can decrease the likelihood of an actual crisis. Our experts work with families, employees, managers and others to create a culture of awareness and to outline the actions to take before or while a threat is unfolding, including an active shooter scenario. We also help develop written policies and procedures that work within the existing corporate culture.

    Investigation. Using discreet technology and human investigation, we assess and analyze potential threats and determine whether an individual is blowing off steam or moving from idea to action. We analyze the person’s level of commitment and capacity to execute threats. Most importantly, investigations supported by behavioral management help defuse, rather than escalate, a situation, in addition to decreasing potential liability.

    Protective intelligence. This comprehensive, proactive program gathers information from open-source networks, private networks, internal security personnel, human resources, and other sources to build accurate threat assessments. By combining proprietary computer analysis with human analysts who have extensive domestic and global experience, we pinpoint the likely locations of individuals and groups that pose potential threats. We continually monitor and analyze those threats, as well as new ones, to develop and refine ongoing risk-reduction strategies.

Approach
AT-RISK’s proactive approach to threat mitigation includes a variety of technical and human expertise, including:

    Multi-disciplinary team. We combine experts in security, forensic psychology and other disciplines to assess potential threats and proactively protect schools, workplaces and individuals. The team is specially trained to spot the warning signs and connect seemingly unrelated incidents to build a complete picture of potential threats.

    Global monitoring. Our Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) monitors websites, social media and millions of other data sources, looking for patterns that indicate potential threats. Backed by skilled human analysts, the GSOC offers 24/7 early warning by monitoring and flagging online activity that often precedes real-world incidents.

    Internal and third-party support. We support human resources departments before, during and after taking any employee-related action that involves potential threats. We also work with law firms and other third parties to support employment and legal actions.

Why now?

  • An employee who had been served with a restraining order opened fire in the Kansas factory where he worked, leaving four dead and 14 wounded.
  • A U.S. Army major who had expressed anti-American feelings went on a 10-minute shooting spree on his Army base, killing 13 and wounding 32 soldiers.
  • A study by the National School Safety and Security Services concluded that schools received 812 threats during the first half of the 2014-2015 school year, a 158% increase over the prior year.
  • Shareholder meetings have been marred by protests and violence, including Pepsi, Honeywell, TPG Capital, Duke Energy and others.
  • Approximately 700 people are murdered on the job every year, and two million are affected by workplace violence.

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