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The Global Threat facing the corporate world in 2018 – Cyberspace, the new battlefield

Throughout 2017, it became clear that the risks and threats to organisations and businesses and, in some cases individual company executives, is rising at a significant pace all of which is of increasing concern to those we work with and their clients. With the abilities and tools of the bad actors and criminals becoming more …

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Loose Change

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Two recent events in East Africa – one tumultuous, one expected – have highlighted that despite surface-level change, there is often much less change than expected or hoped. Political stagnation, or worse, going backwards, needs to be challenged in order for countries to reach their …

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The Wrong Company

As has been discussed at length elsewhere in these pieces, it is getting easier and easier to make false representation, take advantage of ‘fake news’ or simply to hope for the best and pretend to be a reputable company or individual on the assumption that nobody will bother to check otherwise. KCS is seeing a …

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Opportunity NOCs

The honey trap was a Cold War classic. A glamorous woman would approach a gentleman of interest and, through flattery and charm, harvest as much information as possible – including some very specific intelligence. Today’s modern world merely sees the trap move online. Plus ca change… It has long been established that the Internet is …

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The Imitation Game

In New York of the 1930s, the Brooklyn Bridge was sold twice a week. Standard going price: $55,000. The seller was one George Parker, an extraordinarily successful conman, who managed to sell the Bridge to dozens of naïve and easily manipulated Americans, in addition to running scams involving several of America’s noted landmarks. Sadly, the …

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Putin’s real agenda

I would like us all to try something a little unusual today, if only as a sort of thought experiment to help cut out some of the noise we have been constantly being bombarded with on a daily basis over the last year or two. Put to one side the mainstream media and politicians’ rants …

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The War Of The Words

Russia is currently facing multiple allegations of interference in the 2016 US Presidential election, but it now seems that the state has been doing far more behind the scenes, with the exposure of a “troll factory” that sees agents attempt to force the narrative of political events to their own ends. Social media has allowed …

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Turkey and the twelve trees

The biggest anti-government demonstration in recent Turkish history took place in 2013, sparked by the government’s plan to turn Gezi Park, Istanbul, into a shopping mall. In the ensuing melee, eight died and thousands were injured. In response, President Erdogan declaimed: “For what? Twelve trees!” Leaving aside the glib nature of this comment and the …

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The Maltese Full Con

The tragic death of blogger and investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia earlier this week has shone a light, intentionally or otherwise, on the corruption and ‘dodgy dealings’ prevalent on Malta. Far from the aim of becoming a major EU financial centre, the island has become a seeming hub of financial crime of all kinds and, …

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Iraq: Independence Day?

Two highly controversial referendums have taken place in recent weeks, with both Catalonia in Spain and Kurdistan in Iraq claiming the right to self-determination and outright independence, and both being loudly (and forcefully) shouted down by their mother governments. While the ultimate outcome of the process is of course significant in both regions, it is …

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