As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and various stages of reopening occur, the threat landscape is growing significantly, which is compounded by global geopolitical issues such as the war between Russia and Ukraine. This perpetual state of volatility impacts how businesses operate and their ability to plan ahead to mitigate risk.
According to Ontic’s 2022 State of Protective Intelligence Report, the physical threat landscape has dramatically changed and expanded over the past year, resulting in an exponential increase in pre-incident data and indicators. In fact, 85% of physical security, legal and compliance leaders predict that the number of indicators will only increase and become unmanageable in 2022.
New information is pouring into businesses daily from Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), social media, the Dark Web, weather feeds, technology systems, real-time news, HR systems and business notifications. public events – an array of resources that may exist in various areas of an organization. Turning this data from a chaotic mess into useful and critical intelligence requires providing a single, comprehensive view of potential threats across the enterprise. Additionally, being able to monitor changing situations in real time is the difference between simply knowing a threat is there and acting proactively.
Real-time threat detection is the key to organizational resilience
To effectively protect an organization and its employees, security teams can no longer have a “set it and forget it” mentality. Strategies today must augment and centralize sources of data for an organization to be resilient, agile, and quickly adapt to threatening scenarios that could derail normal operations. It is important to understand the value that various data sources bring in combination with each other, such as:
- Real-time news: By knowing what events are on the horizon and visualizing their proximity to employees, assets, and virtual assets, teams can collaborate and take proactive action to mitigate the potential impact of a threat.
- Weather and interactive maps: Weather conditions can impact consumer activity, supply chain operations and employee safety, especially when travel is on the horizon. Quickly moving people or assets out of harm’s way can have a positive impact on business continuity, revenue and, of course, safety. This is also true for physical offices. In the event of an extreme weather event that could affect a specific office or facility, teams can take appropriate action to prevent damage that could disrupt normal business operations.
- Dark web and social media: Monitoring the global web that is not open to search engines gives teams insights that are not readily available on the surface. Social media can allow quick identification of potential threats and surface anomalies that need to be investigated.
- Human intelligence and technological systems: The value of human intelligence and harnessing experience and intuition to make data-driven decisions should not be underestimated. These decisions are based on the visualization of information from connected devices (cameras and access control systems) for proactive protection of facilities and internal systems (HR systems and authentication tools).
Intelligence informs action
A bird’s-eye view of all available data on a single platform gives security teams the information they need to make informed decisions and act quickly. It also allows them to pick up patterns or anomalies in the data to further their research and identify trends over time or by region that might otherwise not have been identified. Consider the following example:
Given the rise of extremism and social and political issues around the world, an insider threat team has identified a potential threat actor within the company who is dissatisfied with current corporate policies. business. This individual took to social media with violent and threatening mentions of the organization’s leadership regarding its policy decisions and implementation process.
Using this information, the team then proactively interviews the employee to understand their intentions and frustrations with leadership. This results in the employee receiving mental health assistance and neutralizing any imminent threats to executives or visiting employees. In this situation, while there may not have been an immediate danger to the leadership of the organization, if these behaviors and feelings had continued to escalate and grow, there could have been a different and more debilitating result.
This scenario is unfortunately something that business teams regularly face. According to Ontic reportwhen corporate security, legal and compliance leaders were asked “what keeps them awake at night” as they consider their company’s physical security program for 2022 , increased physical threats and negative business reactions related to the rise of extremism, social and political issues were cited by one-third of physical security executives (33%) and the demands of vaccination were cited by 31% of physical and legal security managers.
Whether it’s corporate headquarters, related facilities, employees or events, security professionals and managers are responsible for collecting the right data at the right time and highlighting the important signals to mitigate threats. on their environment based on this data.
With an increasingly connected world and a rapidly developing threat landscape, businesses face more risk than ever. The ability to detect threats in real time can determine if business operations are disrupted. Don’t let an unforeseen event have a significant impact on business continuity and financial security. Use real-time threat detection to keep your people and business safe.
Manish Mehta holds the position of Product Manager at Ontic, where he is responsible for the company’s product strategy and in-market execution of software used by Fortune 500 and developing companies. Prior to Ontic, he led global product and engineering for a cloud-based digital marketing SaaS company, spent over 18 years in various roles at Dell, and was a startup founder and CEO. of social commerce.