The Cult of the Search in Open-source Intelligence
Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is having a moment. Just a few years ago, presentations on OSINT began with a quote from one of a few different senior intelligence community officials who reportedly said that somewhere between 80-90% of valuable information comes from public sources.
The Creation of America Latina Asociacion of Threat Assessment Professionals
The idea of an Association for Threat Assessment Professionals for Latin America
started in a conversation between Dr. Maria Martinez and Glenn Sandford during the 2018 Threat
Management Conference in Anaheim, California.
Less than 20 minutes before the El Paso, Texas massacre began, the shooter is believed to have posted a racist, anti-immigrant screed to the dark website 4chan, popular within white supremacy circles. The screed also cited, as inspiration, the March 2019 mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed dozens of Muslim residents of that country.
Will COVID-19 Change Everything? The Case for Being Skeptical
Chances are that the novel coronavirus and the resulting disease — COVID-19 — has upended your world. Of course, that has meant a range of things. Some are forced to work and play at home, a moderate disruption.
Our baseline level of suspicion about the security of data and communications is very high these days. Are smart devices recording conversations and conveying them to marketers? Are encrypted communications apps truly secure from state-affiliated intrusion?
Conducting Due Diligence in Africa: An Interview with Eva Nolle
With GDP growth on the continent reaching its highest rate since 2012 and long-term prospects equally favorable, Africa holds great promise for investors. But alongside opportunities, foreign enterprises face vast gaps in their knowledge of the business landscape.
From the standpoint of risk analysis, recency bias—that is, an overwhelming focus on events that have happened most recently—is one of the most nefarious psychological blinders. It nudges us toward considering what is important now but can prevent both a thorough review of the past and an imaginative look into the future.
Work Advice: Some anxious calls from the public are cause for concern
I work in a quasi-governmental organization. My office is a public-access point for journalists, organizations and regular citizens to chime in and share information about issues of public interest. We often get phone calls and letters from people who seem unstable.
How to Balance Supply and Demand within Corporate Intelligence Programs
A cursory review of the latest writing on public sector intelligence analysis reveals a great deal of soul-searching about emerging threats to the profession. One area of concern is a growing imbalance between intelligence supply and demand. The supply of intelligence is increasing while the demand is shrinking.
Growing Risks of Global Navigation Satellite Systems Spoofing
The Center for Advanced Defense (C4ADS) recently released a study that found 9,883 cases of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) spoofing, including at least 1,311 instances since February 2016 of commercial ships in or around Russian waters being fed the wrong positional coordinates.
Cells and the City: A Conversation with the Deputy Director for Intelligence Analysis, NYPD
For much of the past decade, Ravi Satkalmi has helped lead the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Intelligence Analysis Unit, a team within the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau that provides critical support on counterterrorism investigations, analyzes foreign and domestic terrorist threats to the city, offers input on policies pertaining to counterterrorism, and liaises with law enforcement and private sector partners.
Aid Under Attack: What the DRC’s Ebola Crisis Teaches Us About Security and Local Perceptions
Overlapping security issues are the main impediments to controlling Ebola’s spread in the DRC. How do local perceptions figure into the threats to aid groups and can lessons from the crisis be applied to lower your organization’s risk profile abroad?
Leading at the Crossroads of Sustainability and Security Risk: A Discussion with Inge Huijbrechts
If you’re interested in the intersection of security risk, sustainability, and responsible business, read our colleague’s interview with a corporate security leader who is responsible for managing all three.
Don’t Overlook LinkedIn as a Corporate Security Risk
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as specialized social networks and encrypted messaging apps have come under attack for facilitating violent extremism and serving as violent ideology laboratories.
Why Reputational Risk is a Security Risk and What to Do About It
In 2007, Aon’s Global Risk Management Survey identified reputational risk as the top concern for global enterprises. A decade later, in the latest such survey by Aon, “damage to reputation/brand” retained its number one spot among more than 50 other categories of risks.
Why Your Next Intelligence Analyst Should Be a Workplace Violence Analyst
Security leaders should consider investing in analysts dedicated to workplace violence prevention and threat assessment for three major reasons: the issue is becoming a greater concern, the subject matter is becoming more complicated, and small programs are becoming bigger.
6 Links Between Social Media and Violence You Haven’t Thought About
In March, the European Commission demanded that tech firms remove terrorist posts within one hour of their appearance. Similar calls have come from corporations and commentators, alike. These forms of pressure are important but focused only on the problem of social media serving as a tool for spreading violent ideas and propaganda. Disturbingly, social media use itself may be predisposing individuals to commit terrorism, shootings and other forms of violence by impacting user behavior and well-being.
Workplace Violence – A Holistic Approach to Prevention
Today’s headlines highlight the country’s concerns over incidents of violence. Whether the violent acts are oriented around school or workplace shootings, we know that reactive postures aren’t a realistic solution. In this article, we share how to reduce risk with a proactive outreach to troubled employees, coupled with an emphasis on community.
From earthquakes in Latin America, tsunamis in Asia and Category 4 hurricanes in the United States, it seems to be more and more common to hear about or directly experience devastating natural events. AT-RISK has been there to respond, and we wish to share our lessons learned so that you can evaluate opportunities to strengthen your emergency management plans.
Country risk maps are a type of infographic developed by consultancies and insurance firms that shows how exposed countries are around the world to particular threats. These maps are indeed useful snapshots of global issues, but as they grow in popularity, consumers also need to be aware of potential flaws in their methodology.