There are many people that wish a company harm. For example, criminals, activists and terrorists all present a threat. They may attempt to attack a company online, in person or both.
Before launching an attack on a company these people will research its online and physical security measures. As part of this research they will visit its premises and look for any weaknesses in its security measures. This is the definition of hostile reconnaissance. It nearly always precedes an attack.
A company will look to receive intelligence about attacks from as many sources as possible. Not only will they use public and private intelligence agencies but also, they will use their own communities. These communities will form because they share a common interest. For example, a community may form because of a shared location or, because they carry out the same type of work.
A company will share reports about different types of threats within their community. One of the reports that is most valued is about hostile reconnaissance. This is because it points to the planning of an attack.
Although the police encourage companies to pass these reports on to them, many will also share these reports with their community. They will do this by email and chat groups. However, neither email or chat groups are great for sharing important information.
Improve threat detection
Sharing information about hostile reconnaissance through email and chat groups is not great. It relies on people always being alert and using their memory to spot links. As a result, it is easy to miss a threat.
However, the Intelligence feature tackles this problem. It is always working in the background, scanning for threats in old and new reports.
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How it works
Using the Intelligence feature to tackle hostile reconnaissance is easy. If you already use SIRV then get in contact with us. We will provide you with any necessary training and install a special report for you to use.
If you are new to us then joining is easy. Get in touch with us and we can get you access. If you would like a demo of the feature, no problem. Please let us know.
It’s not just about technology
Using new technology needs more than just a login. To be successful, people need to be trained not only on how to use it but also, on what to report. Most people receive little or no training on how to report or speak to a person suspected of hostile reconnaissance. As a result, they tend to avoid them. Moreover, if they do speak with a suspect it is usually handled poorly, leaving a bad impression of the company.
Along with training we provide users with our decision tree feature. This gives people an easy to follow guide on the subject. It sits on a user’s mobile phone and answers questions such as:
- how to approach a suspect;
what to say to a suspect; and
- what is a security guard’s rights under the law.