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Chemical Threats: Further Information

Newrisk Limited is available to advise organisations and governments on chemical threats including chemical incident prevention and response.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have designed and overseen the construction and training programmes for a pioneering chemical rapid response unit designed to operate in urban areas and in remote areas accessible only by plane. This unit was established following a review of fire brigades throughout Queensland which led to the formation of a modernised fire service, supported by the chemical response unit.

Technical assessments and risk advice has also been provided to rail authorities for hazardous goods management, investigations of road and rail chemical incidents as well as site risk assessments and field exercises on chemicals storage sites and hazardous chemicals on critical infrastructure (such as power stations and water treatment sites).

Chemicals in confined space environments (such as tunnels and buildings) have formed part of the work to protect the public from accidents and terror attacks. Exercises for rail and rail/airport interfaces have also been undertaken for governments and have involved various forms of chemical agents that may be used by terrorists in an attack on urban infrastructure.

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided media commentary, lectures, conference papers, workshops and publications on this topic, examples of which are set out below. To return to an overview of Newrisk Limited's chemical threat expertise, please click here.

To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a chemical threat, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Media Commentary

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has provided media commentary on chemical threats, including:


Lectures & Conferences

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided lectures & conferences on chemical threats, including:


Workshop Exercises

Newrisk Limited and its principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, have provided workshops on chemical threats, including:


Publications

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has written publications on chemical threats, including:


Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has also been cited in publications on chemical threats, including:


Unpublished Papers

Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has written unpublished papers on chemical threats, including:


To request Newrisk Limited's assistance in connection with a chemical threat, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

 

Sally Leivesley


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          BREAKING NEWS

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In response to the Paris & Brussels attacks, Newrisk Ltd has become part of The Exercise Group7. The TEG7 LLP is a dynamic team drawn from cyber & former special defence fields to exercise organisations & governments on emerging terror threats.  The TEG7 profile can be seen at www.teg7.co.uk.  The level of casualties from shooting attacks (as with the Bataclan (France) in 2015; Brussels airport (Belgium), Ataturk airport (Turkey), Nice beach (France) & Berlin Christmas Market (Germany) in 2016; & La Reina Nightclub (Turkey) in 2017) are the result of military style incursions by terrorists determined to maximise casualties.  Home grown terror threats are increasing in many countries - the New York & New Jersey bombs found in 2016 & the numerous disrupted plots in the UK, Germany & France - indicate serious changes in terror capability which may be made more dynamic as ISIS fighters return to their home countries.

Cyber threats are changing from loss of data & privacy to loss of control of business systems & more seriously reconnaissance attacks on critical infrastructure including energy grids.  The fragility of highly connected systems will become more serious in 2017 with open system dependencies (driven by business innovation).   Degraded capacity operations will become essential if persistent attacks affect critical infrastructure.  Exploiting cyber weaknesses are (i) criminals with ransomware & (ii) nation states aiming to disrupt, deter or signal capability against target countries.  The Ukraine power attacks remain a lesson for critical infrastructure losses.  Aviation remains the industry ‘canary’ for cyber failures & cyber forensics must evolve to close open investigations (as in the case of MH370).