THE TORCHSTONE WATCH

THE TORCHSTONE WATCH

Managing Risk in an Increasingly Complex World

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TorchStone publishes The Watch to assist our readers in proactively managing risk—whether personal, professional, or organizational—in an increasingly insecure world. The featured articles, blog posts, and expert interviews address vulnerabilities and issues we have frequently encountered while safeguarding high profile individuals, wealthy families, multinational corporations, and international sporting events across six continents. Now, more than ever, security seems to be a precious commodity. Our goal is to give you more of it through The TorchStone Watch.

SPOTLIGHT ISSUE

Measuring Executive Protection Threats - TorchStone Global

Measuring Executive Protection Threats: The Who, How, and Where

By TorchStone Senior Analyst, Ben West

After nine months of tracking threats to lawmakers, business executives, celebrities, and other high-profile individuals, TorchStone’s monthly EP report has logged 334 unique incidents as of the end of January. With so many incidents to study, it became useful to start categorizing the threats and identifying trends.

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ARTICLES

Extremist Influencers Role - TorchStone Global

Extremist Influencers’ Role in the Social Media Threat Continuum

During the week of February 5, I attended the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Winter Meeting. In many of these presentations, I repeatedly noted connections between the cases being examined and the concept of the social media threat continuum. It occurred to me that it would be good to elaborate on the continuum and examine the role of “extremist influencers” in the social media threat continuum.

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Executive Protection Report January 2024 - TorchStone Global

January 2024 TorchStone Global Monthly Executive Protection Report

The TorchStone Executive Protection Report tracked 34 domestic and 12 international security incidents or updates to prior incidents impacting high-profile individuals during the month of January 2024. TorchStone Global believes that broader situational awareness and intelligence are key to providing quality executive protection—whether the principal is a Fortune 500 CEO, international movie star, or local city council member.

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Acid Attacks - TorchStone Global

Acid Attacks: Protecting Against a Resurging Threat

The resurgence of acid and chemical attacks is becoming evident with the recent increase of ideologically motivated assaults against high-profile individuals. Executive protection teams are advised to leverage their skillsets to recognize and prevent such attacks, given ease of acquiring the chemicals and the potential for serious physical injuries.

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Next Swatting Attack - TorchStone Global

Preparing for the Next Swatting Attack

It should not come as a surprise that increasingly threatening communications eventually resulted in harassing swatting attacks. TorchStone has placed swatting in the context of the “Social Media Threat Continuum,” a scale of increasingly aggressive behaviors that aggrieved individuals use against their targets. By understanding the model, individuals can better understand if they are at risk of swatting (or other similarly harassing actions) in the future. Taking proactive steps to prepare for swatting attacks can greatly mitigate their impact.

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BLOG

The Extinction Rebellion — What It Is and How It Impacts Industries Far Beyond Energy

Scott Stewart shares his expertise on the Extinction Rebellion with Ontic’s Protective Intelligence Podcast host Fred Burton, and how his firm provides advice to corporations on how to best protect themselves and their employees in this environment. While not all activity poses a threat, it’s important for companies to be hyper-aware of activity and the measures activists can take.

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BBC Sounds: Burn Wild Podcast – The Line

There is a school of thought in activism—all movements need a radical flank to succeed. In the podcast, Burn Wild Episode 6: The Line, TorchStone VP Scott Stewart discusses the grievance narrative of Extinction Rebellion (XR).

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How to Get on a Watchlist Episode 5: How to Kidnap an Executive

“How to get on a Watchlist” is a new podcast from the team at Encyclopedia Geopolitica. In this installment, How to Get on a Watchlist Episode 5: How to Kidnap an Executive, TorchStone VP Scott Stewart discusses executive kidnappings.

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With drug cartel violence, is it safe to travel to Mexico? Security experts weigh in

US tourism is ramping up again in Mexico, but so are the headlines regarding drug cartel violence. TorchStone Vice President of Intelligence Scott Stewart joins the discussion about how safe it is to travel to Mexico.

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Perspectives on the Shinzo Abe Assassination

Perspectives on the Shinzo Abe Assassination whitepaper from AT-RISK International, Emergent Risk International, Ontic and Torchstone Global analyzes the July 2022 assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and addresses the broad range of global security implications for individuals and businesses.

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