As the world continues to become more globalized and connected, terrorist groups have an expanding sphere of influence. This allows them to obtain more resources, recruit more members, and conduct coordinated attacks that are large in scale. As security practitioners, it is a topic we must consider.
Our mandates vary greatly from company to company, as will our focus on terrorism depending on the industry, geographic location and proximity to potential targets.
Depending on the resources available and the ideologies of a particular terrorist or group of terrorists, both soft and hard targets can be at risk. Security practitioners must therefore be confident in their judgements regarding this type of risk.
It is important for us to understand the motivations, aspirations, sources of funding, and communication channels of the terrorist groups that we are most concerned about. To do this, we should understand an explore theories and research findings produced by individuals both in the security field and outside of it. By integrating information from a wide variety of sources and disciplines, we will have a more clear understanding of the threats.
At PhySecHub we believe in data driven decision making. One source we identified is a dataset called the Global Terrorism Database and we are currently working on an analysis.