KIDNAP & RANSOM TRAINING

Recent events in Afghanistan in which another NGO worker was kidnapped,  prompted me to write an article for organisations working in an environment with a K&R threat, on how best to protect themselves. Carrying on with this theme. I’ve enlisted the help of Blue Cole, a leading figure within the field of Kidnap & Ransom Training, to talk […]

PUNTLAND, SOMALIA: THREAT ASSESSMENT

Puntland, Somalia: Threat Assessment is a precis of an indepth report researched in the regional capital Garowe over a one month period. The research methodology involved in-country interviews with Puntland government ministers, members of the Puntland Security Forces and international aid and development actors. It has been upadated for release in June 2016, but must […]

SOUTH SUDAN: ASSESSMENT AFTER THE VIOLENCE.

In the wake of the civil war that erupted again in South Sudan in mid-July 2016, I’ve done an assessment after the violence, highlighting the dire situation that the world youngest country is facing. The current situation in SSD continues to deteriorate with fighting reported throughout the country. Fractures within the political and military landscape continue, […]

TERRORISTS TO DERAIL TRAINS?

Inspire is a magazine for Islamic extremists. Much as you or I would buy a periodical on cycling, gardening or what ever else takes your fancy, so todays terrorists literaly look for insperation on how best to spread their sick ideology. The latest thing trending for terrorists is to how to DERAIL TRAINS. Inspire is an al Qaeda […]

SLAUGHTER AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, KABUL, AGAIN!

News of another attack on the infamous Intercontinental hotel in Kabul, resulting of the slaughter of at least 40 – but this number will probably rise as the full extent of the attack will come to light. To anyone involved with Kabul, it’s history repeating itself, as the hotel was attacked back in 2011 with 21 […]

YOUR SAFETY IGNORED : THE RISK OF TERRORISM

UK COMPANIES MUST HAVE A RISK ASSESSMENT It is a legal requirement for employers to have a risk assessment, the law stating that employers must identify the dangers within their operational environment and then take steps to reduce the severity of the risks impact should they occur. Trips and falls, working at height, manual handling, are topics that […]

CORPORATE LIABILITY AND TERRORISM

BUSINESS’ CAN BE SUED AFTER A TERRORIST ATTACK Were you aware that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the New York Port Authority was sued by people who got caught up in the attack and had to pay £35.5 million in compensation?   Did you also know that the owner of the […]

Security Consultant London

THE TASK AT HAND The Private Security Industry has taken on a far more salient role in protecting the spaces that we frequent in our daily lives, with the Security Industry Authority ensuring that security companies and their people are screened and trained to a rudimentary level. However, as their responsibilities increase and the services provided by […]

REPUTATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Reputational Crisis Management. How Well Prepared Is Your Organisation?   Crisis Hits Organisations Hard In February 2018, news broke that Oxfam aid workers had been involved with prostitutes while working for the charity after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The charity was accused of trying to hide the unsavoury incident to avoid tarnishing its reputation. Richard […]

RADICALISATION RISK IN THE UK

RADICALIZATION RISK IN THE UK. A LOOK AT THE ALL FEMALE TERROR CELL THE ‘MAD HATTERS’ Court artist file sketch dated 11/05/17 by Elizabeth Cook of (left to right) Mina Dich, 43, Rizlaine Boular, 21, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20 (Elizabeth Cook/PA) source Recent headlines in the UK have focused on the Mad Hatters Terror Plot and an […]

21ST CENTURY CRISIS MANAGEMENT

What is a crisis? I am often asked this question and to be honest there is not one answer as to every organisation a crisis will look, act and feel different. However, the common descriptor that appears in virtually all the reports I’ve read on the phenomenon have described the event as ‘overwhelming.’ The new […]

Free Crisis Risk Management Audit

How Will Your Business, or Organisation Respond To Crisis? There are many organisations that have no response in place to manage a crisis situation. The fact of the matter is that they’re flying by the seat of their pants, operating under a misguided notion that because nothing bad has happened to them so far, then […]

INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

International Terrorism, a Game of Smoke & Mirrors? International Terrorism is a difficult subject to understand and an even harder one to explain, especially when you’re trying to elucidate the various nuances of the phenomenon to a bunch of savvy third year students at one of the UKs leading universities. Nevertheless, that was an objective […]