Latin America Report Q4 18 – Mexico

The following is an extract from our quarterly Latin America Report. To receive the report in full, click here. CRIME This reporting period was characterised by an increase in crime within tourist centers and continued escalation of conflict between cartel groups over territory. In the eight months to August the federal government ... Read More

US National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Prepare for threats and mitigate exposure

CYBER SECURITY SPENDING ON THE RISE National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has been observed each October in the US since 2004. With the support of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the campaign aims to identify potential online threats while also offering advice on ... Read More

British Airways data breach shows why every company needs a Cyber Incident Response and Crisis Communication Plan

Written by Kathrin Wartmann British Airways announce breach On 6 September the British Airways (BA) official company Twitter account published a tweet stating: “We are investigating the theft of customer data from our website and our mobile app, as a matter of urgency.” This was the first public notification of ... Read More

Tripoli clashes signal an uncertain future for Libya

Written by Georgina Turner CLASHES HIGHLIGHT FRAGILITY OF LIBYA’S RELATIVELY STABLE IMAGE On 4 September, an UN-brokered ceasefire brought seven days of inter-militia fighting in Tripoli to an end. However, the clashes have exposed the fragility of Libya’s projected image of relative stability and are likely to delay plans for ... Read More

Bab-El-Mandeb: Threat of attack remains despite Saudi Arabia resuming oil shipments

HOUTHI REBELS PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE IN RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT Saudi Arabia resumed oil shipments through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait on 4 August after a temporary suspension following alleged attacks on two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC). The attacks occurred on 24 July late at night when the two VLCCs were ... Read More
Southern Philippines: Regular kidnappings in 2018 show kidnap for ransom remains a serious concern

Southern Philippines: Regular kidnappings in 2018 show kidnap for ransom remains a serious concern

PDF Download Militant groups retain capability and intent to target nationals On 28 June 2018 a kidnap for ransom group based in Zamboanga, southern Philippines, kidnapped six persons and demanded a ransom sum of PHP400,000 (USD7,500) for their release. At the beginning of June, the Communist insurgent group the New ... Read More
Threat of criminal boardings in Southeast Asia still ongoing

Threat of criminal boardings in Southeast Asia still ongoing

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PDF Download THE PREVALENCE OF CRIMINAL BOARDINGS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA NYA MarTrackTM records from 2013-2017 indicate that Southeast Asia has consistently witnessed the highest number of criminal boarding piracy incidents worldwide. During this period, more than 50% of all globally recorded criminal boardings targeted vessels transiting in the waters of ... Read More

TRAVEL WARNINGS FOR NIGER HIGHLIGHT ENDURING KIDNAP THREAT TO FOREIGN NATIONALS

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Governments issue security alerts to Westerners in Niger PDF Download On 22 June the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAIT) issued a security alert indicating that terrorist groups are planning attacks against foreign nationals in Niger. A similar warning was issued by the US Embassy in Niger ... Read More

Consistently High Piracy Levels off Nigeria likely to lead to increased shipping costs

Economic cost of Piracy to West Africa estimated at $820m PDF Download After another vessel hijacking off the Niger Delta on 17 May 2018, concerns were raised in early June that foreign shipping companies operating in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) may introduce a minimum insurance premium of USD200,000 before ... Read More

Elevated Kidnap Risk to Foreign Nationals in Afghanistan ahead of 2018 Elections

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The kidnapping of election officials and the numerous attacks on voter registration centres in April throughout Afghanistan highlight the growing insecurity ahead of parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for 20 October 2018. Since voter registration began on 14 April, the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups have perpetrated ... Read More