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Changing the narrative, combating social media manipulation

Author: Mario Bekes

The iconic image of the Man vs Tank taken on the morning of 5 June 1989 in Tiananmen Square, Beijing is cited as a major catalyst to the subsequent profound impacts of social media. This was an image that led to media organisations openly supporting a revolution by oppressed people. Social media is now central to most people’s lives and…

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The Controlled Chaos Strategy

Author: Mario Bekes and Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

“Separate to live, unite to fight” Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 One glance at social media today will yield countless claims from people with purported privileged knowledge of, or control over, the silver bullet for success. Snake oil solutions though they may be, they are useful as demonstrative exemplars of broader tendencies found in legitimate and illegitimate strategies alike: Namely, the vast…

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What has hybrid warfare got to do with me?

Author: Mario Bekes and Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray

It may be a term you have not heard before, and one that sounds more relevant to the military, but hybrid warfare is being used by a variety of organisations and governments to achieve different objectives. To see how this is relevant to you, ask yourself three questions: Think about the implications and learnings of COVID from a strategic risk…

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

Author: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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: Mario Bekes

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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