Back at the "Security Operations Center" (SOC) you will find a team of subject matter experts working in concert, to continuously enhance the Operational Risk Management matrix. One set of analysts are tasked with the media review and intelligence collection from Open Sources. One example could be CNN or even more regional sources such as Alhurra:
Alhurra (Arabic for “The Free One”) is a commercial-free Arabic language satellite television network for the Middle East devoted primarily to news and information. In addition to reporting on regional and international events, the channel broadcasts discussion programs, current affairs magazines and features on a variety of subjects including health and personal fitness, entertainment, sports, fashion, and science and technology. The channel is dedicated to presenting accurate, balanced and comprehensive news. Alhurra endeavors to broaden its viewers' perspectives, enabling them to make more informed decisions.
Another set of analysts are sifting through online intelligence portals such as Opensource.gov or Data.gov . However, when you have a specific executive who is traveling to a specific country there are more detailed plans and advance work that takes place. These facets of corporate enterprise risk and operational risk management are vital to protect human assets and the ongoing continuity of business operations. Situational awareness enhancement is a 24/7 x 365 day process.
Whether your business takes you to Pakistan, Mexico or South Africa the risk of bombing, H1N1 or criminal elements are a real potential threat:
Rob Watson of the BBC reports on the latest explosion in Lahore:What is striking about this latest attack, and so worrying for the Pakistani authorities, is the timing and choice of target.
It occurred near the offices of both the local police chief and of the national intelligence agency, the ISI, and comes as the Pakistani military is engaged in a massive campaign against militants in the north-west. So the initial speculation is that this is in some way a revenge attack.
Questions will again be raised about the inability of the authorities to stop the attack altogether given they were clearly expecting reprisals and were on a heightened state after the two other recent attacks in the city.
Executive Protection Detail's have been utilizing the compendium of wisdom and research that is found in Gavin De Becker's latest publication, "Just 2 Seconds" and for good reason:
Think of every assassination you've ever heard about. For most people, a few of these major ones come to mind: Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, John Lennon, Israel’s Prime Minister Rabin, Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto.
From start to finish, all of these attacks — combined — took place in less than one minute. And the hundreds of attacks studied for this book, all of them combined, took place in less than a half-hour. Those thirty minutes, surely the most influential in world history, offer important insights that can help today’s protectors defeat tomorrow’s attackers.
Operational Risk is far more pervasive than detection of fraud, mitigating the loss events from internal information theft or intellectual property. It's been said here in the blog before and it's worth repeating again this statement of truth:
"Attackers use tools to exploit a vulnerability to create an action on a target that produces an unauthorized result to obtain their objective."
Whether you utilize this statement within the context of your digital domains, physical domains or the vast set of processes within the enterprise, it does not matter. What does matter, is that those individuals responsible for the survivability and the defensible standard of care of the organization, never forget it...