Corporate Intelligence Services

A Question of Trust

A common refrain of our always-online, always-trending society is “Pictures or it didn’t happen” – the contention that whatever eventuality or experience the author is describing, requires evidence if it is not to be dismissed as a lie. But while people tell lies on the Internet just for likes and attention, it becomes a severe …

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Public enemies 123 article

Public Enemies No. 1, 2, 3…

Is the threat picture irrevocably changing? That’s the question posed by Director of MI5, Ken McCallum, in his second yearly annual threat update recently. Tellingly, ‘disruptive threats’ from states – defined by McCallum as ‘less visible’ when compared to the typical terrorist atrocities – are now put on a par with the latter – and …

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Hacked off: the rise of ransoms for ransomware

Norwegian conglomerate Norsk Hydro has spent £45 million GBP attempting to return to ‘business as normal’ following a devastating cyber-attack that has taken out over 20,000 devices in 170 countries worldwide. Far from being an isolated incident, this extreme application of bad-actor cyber techniques to cripple some of the biggest companies in the planet is …

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lntelligence failure and the lessons for the corporate sector

The intelligence community has had its share of failures over the years, from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 to the lack of sharing that contributed to 9/11. But while governmental agencies are always looking to learn from these failures, there are equal lessons for the corporate sector about the pitfalls that accompany …

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Bambi On Ice: famous footballing fakes

Whether you are singing le football rentre a la maison or nogomet se vraca kuci, or the original under your breath: however many years of hurt your country may have, football will be going somewhere. Whether ‘home’ or not, rather depends on your geography. But while variations on that theme will have been heard throughout …

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Blue is the colour (of Russian money)

Could Britain be about to take suspected Russian dirty money seriously? First was the introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders, allowing for greater exploration into the vast amounts of money certain individuals brought to the UK. Now, Roman Abramovich is leading the line of oligarchs facing visa renewal issues. It appears that the Chelsea owner will …

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PEP

PEP Talk

In the language of the law, a Politically Exposed Person (PEP) is someone who, by virtue of their position and influence, is either overly susceptible to bribery and corruption – or who may be facilitating it. Only now are governments starting to crack down on what is a problematic ‘grey area’ in the chains of …

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