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

Executive Protection Report May 2024 - TorchStone Global

May 2024 TorchStone Global Monthly Executive Protection Report

The TorchStone Executive Protection Report tracked 31 domestic and 21 international security incidents or updates to prior incidents impacting high-profile individuals during the month of May 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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ARTICLES

Dilemma Actions Understanding and Response - TorchStone Global

Dilemma Actions: Understanding and Response

When Alexi Navalny returned to Moscow in January 2021, he presented Russia’s President Vladimir Putin with a dilemma. As a persistent thorn in Putin’s side, Navalny had previously been beaten, arrested, attacked, imprisoned, and even survived an assassination attempt using the nerve agent Novichok. Yet despite this history of government violence directed against him, Navalny chose to return to Moscow after recovering from Novichok poisoning in a German hospital—and he knew the pressure his return was placing on Putin.

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Sports Gambling Threats - TorchStone Global

Hedging Your Bets: Tried and True Security Approaches to Address Sports Gambling Threats

Gambling has become a more prominent part of college and professional sports in recent years, and it is contributing to an increase in threats and harassment against coaches, staff, players, and their families. While gambling has always been a part of sports (often associated with organized criminal groups) it has grown tremendously in the United States since a 2018 Supreme Court decision opened the door to states to legalize betting.

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Digital Honey Traps - TorchStone Global

Not Your Father’s Honey Trap: Digitizing a Timeless Threat

In the physical world it would be impossible for a bearded Iranian man named Ali to pose as a female British photographer and approach multiple men in different countries at the same time. But in cyberspace, catfishing allows government operators to use “false flag” approaches to attack multiple targets anywhere on the globe, using any persona imaginable.

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Building (and Keeping) a Great Security Team - TorchStone Global

Building (and Keeping) a Great Security Team: Why People Stay

Satisfaction and retention are now more of a two-way street than before. Leaders often think we can compensate with cash, but evidence shows that this has little impact in a sophisticated talent pool who are prioritizing different happiness factors.

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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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