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Why Corporate Risk Management has failed and why we need corporations to be prepared for Hybrid Warfare?

Author: mariobekes

Summary Regardless of the cause, Corporate Risk Management is failing in the COVID-19 crisis and corporations need to be better prepared for Hybrid Warfare. Hybrid Warfare is a mix of conventional and, non-conventional methods that cross political, economic and social boundaries. These methods include, misinformation, investment strategies, corporate intelligence gathering and cyber infiltrations. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most governments…

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Flatten the psychological virus curve

Author: mariobekes

Covid-19 has created an unprecedented chain of events. Hindsight will no doubt show that much of them could have been avoided from the start. Two major issues revolve around fear. Fear of possible infection and fear of the economic uncertainty of what life will be like when the health crisis is over. The current war is not just against the…

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Corporate triage – Uncertainty is not created by Covid-19, but in how it is responded to

Author: mariobekes

Companies that perform effective tactical and operational triage will be better placed during this crisis and beyond. From the dawn of humankind, mysterious diseases and illnesses have caused panic and havoc. Fear was often translated and elaborated in many different ways, such as through religion, gods and unjustified punishment. Fortunately, the human race evolved through the centuries. Science, once treated…

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The need for industry intelligence gathering on eco-terrorism

Author: mariobekes

With the rise and impact of eco-terrorism, industry needs to gather more intelligence to help it combat the threats. The Impact has reported how the FBI view eco-terrorism as the biggest domestic terror threat and the wide-ranging disruption caused by the Extinction Rebellion group is just one example of how climate issues can have a big impact. According to foreignpolicy.com,…

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From bushfires to health scares – why we should be wary of eco-terrorism

Author: mariobekes

The Australian bushfires and the Coronavirus outbreak are currently the talk of every media organisation in the world. Both events have led to demonstrations, challenges, heartache and massive financial losses. A number of people are questioning whether part of the impact has been as a result of eco-terrorists. The FBI defines eco-terrorism as the use or threatened use of violence…

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Gaining a competitive business edge using information and some military intelligence know-how

Author: mariobekes

Human Intelligence Applications and Methods Successful companies win the hearts and minds of customers, shareholders and public opinion. When success starts to fade, it is often down to a lack of competitive business intelligence or intelligence being used more effectively by competitors. There is a plethora of business information systems, with dashboards aplenty, offering to provide you with useful business…

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Don’t forget the human – fighting industrial espionage and cyber crime

Author: mariobekes

Human Intelligence Applications and Methods By Mario Bekes, Director Insight Intelligence Industrial espionage has been in the news again recently with various reports about Huwaei’s activities1. At a time when businesses are investing multiple millions of dollars in data protection systems, are they overlooking some of the most basic forms of intelligence gathering devices – humans? One way or another,…

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Trash Intelligence

Author: mariobekes

All Intelligence is information, not all information is intelligence (Lowenthal, 2000) Trash can be a valuable source of intelligence but how can it be of value and what are the dangers people and businesses need to watch out for? In this article, we look at how to structure the management of intelligence and what you need to know about Trash…

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Using military know-how to reduce your reputational risk

Author: mariobekes

Reputational risk, and how to mitigate it, is a frequent topic at the boardroom table. It is a risk which could affect anyone, particularly high profile corporations and government agencies. The impacts are wide ranging including financial loss, lost revenue, increased operating and regulatory costs and most importantly loss of trust from the local community, stakeholders and customers. Reputation damage…

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Understanding Key Intelligence Needs (Surveillance Investigations)

Author: mariobekes

In our current environment the key to survival for an organisation depends on their ability to see the bigger picture and this is particularly so for insurance companies and claims agencies. Claims are ongoing on a daily basis regardless if it is worker’s compensation, life insurance, public liability or third party and these will be a loss for the organisation…

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