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29 September, 2021
Attempted Assassination of a Ukrainian Diplomat
Early on Wednesday morning, in the village of Lesniki, an attempted assassination of a Ukrainian Diplomat, Serhiy Shefir, took place. What’s described by news outlets as a show of intimidation of the highest echelon power left one man critically injured.
06 August, 2021
Undercover Risk: Insider Threat and Executive Protection
The executive protection community often reflects on the value we bring to our principals and those that surround them. External observers sometimes view our industry as narcissistic and egotistical operators pining to be caught posing next to a celebrity.
24 June, 2021
The Changed Nature of Civil Unrest: Lessons from 2020 in Philadelphia
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on 20 April 2021 for killing George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, while in police custody.
24 November, 2020
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.
10 August, 2020
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.
30 July, 2020
Proceed with Caution: The Challenges and Realities of Implementing Student Threat Assessment Systems in Schools
School violence has increasingly come into the public eye due to deadly multiple shootings. The possibility of school shootings has become an issue for urban, rural, and suburban communities alike.
08 June, 2020
The Rise of Extremism
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.
29 May, 2020
How to Prevent Workplace Violence During & After COVID-19
COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the American economy and the construction industry.
01 April, 2020
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.
14 February, 2020
Integrating OSINT into the Emergency Management Cycle
When people outside of the intelligence community imagine intelligence, their mind wanders to electronic surveillance devices, dead drops, and cryptic conversations involving mysterious men and women.
10 December, 2019
Why You Need TSCM Now More Than Ever
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?
28 October, 2019
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.
03 October, 2019
Don’t Forget Biological Threats
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.
17 September, 2019
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.
15 August, 2019
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.
14 August, 2019
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.
23 July, 2019
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.
09 July, 2019
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?
18 June, 2019
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.
22 May, 2019
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.
04 April, 2019
Bringing Different Backgrounds to Your Intelligence Team
Recruiting people of varying backgrounds into private sector intelligence is just as important as in the rest of the security industry.
04 March, 2019
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.
04 February, 2019
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.
04 January, 2019
How to Avoid Intelligence Program Pitfalls
The surge in demand for intelligence programs and intelligence-oriented global security operations centers (GSOCs) and virtual security operations centers (VSOCs) has not emerged out of thin air. I
10 September, 2018
Employers need to gain a greater understanding of the incel movement in order to prevent possible workplace incidents.
Employers need to gain a greater understanding of the incel movement in order to prevent possible workplace incidents.
01 July, 2018
How Intelligence Analysis Can Drive Corporate ROI
Go to any security conference and you’ll be quick to discover that getting “buy-in” and maintaining a “seat at the table” are still the predominant concerns among security leaders.
31 May, 2018
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.
23 May, 2018
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.
16 May, 2018
Surviving Mother Nature
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.
08 January, 2018
The Benefits of Integrating Intelligence and Investigative Analysis
Convergence has been top of mind for years, but what about unifying security intelligence and investigations?
29 November, 2017
Rethinking the intelligence cycle for the private sector
Successful security risk management involves careful planning and preparedness rather than ad-hoc crisis response.
13 November, 2017
The Strengths and Weaknesses of Country Risk Maps
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.
04 August, 2017
When Pro Golfers Confront Threats Off the Fairways
A break-in at a rental home, a prowler outside, a stalker in pursuit. Episodes like these have top players fearing they are more vulnerable to crime – NYTIMES.COM
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