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Media and Social Media Communications: Further Information

Newrisk Limited is available to advise clients on media and social media communications in preparation for, or in repsonse to, a crisis. Newrisk Limited has provided risk management advice for the public via UK and international broadcasters during many of the major terror incidents and security threats that have affected the world since 9/11.

To request media and social media communication assistance, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

Details of Previous Media and Social Media Commentary during Crises

Aviation security incidents have been covered, including the Christmas Day underpants bomber, the printer bomb plot, the liquid explosives plot, the Mumbai attacks, Russian airport and rail incidents, hostage taking and release incidents and Northern Ireland terror threats. Threats to public protection during crises involving sole purpose actors (such as the Oslo bombing and shootings) as well as the Raoul Moat shooting rampage in the UK.

Security threats have been discussed in relation to the olympics in London in 2012, the Winter Games in Toronto and the olympics in Sydney in 2000 as well as the threats posed to national leaders during visits to the UK (including President Obama's visits to the UK), to the Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during party conferences and events, and to the UK royal family (during their visits to Afghanistan and during the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

The threat of international conflict has also been covered in respect of relations between India and Pakistan following the Mumbai attacks, the level of cooperation between Pakistan and Britain, Iran's nuclear development, the sinking of a South Korean warship and international intelligence cooperation in the lead up to the olympics in London in 2012.

Many catastrophic incidents have also led to media commentary, including the London riots of August 2011, the release of the Chilean miners, mine rescue incidents in the UK, sole purpose group threats to the UK Houses of Parliament, radiation threats from the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko in the UK, the Fukushima nuclear reactor incident in Japan (including the threat of radiation to people and businesses abroad) and fires in high rise residential buildings.

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To request media and social media communication assistance, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.



Sally Leivesley



  • Terror 2017
  • Cyber 2017

New dangers are appearing from terrorism for the UK & other countries after the failed Parsons Green underground rail bombing.  Greater public preparedness is now important on what to do in an imminent emergency whether arising from bombs, knives, car ramming or shootings. Workplace training & exercising will help many commuters & will be transferred by them to their families & importantly will encourage parents to discuss emergency evacuations & procedures with any children who travel unaccompanied to school each day.   Newrisk Limited which is a founder member of The Exercise Group7 LLP, (TEG7) is now part of the team providing 14 bespoke courses to mitigate risk from cyber & terrorism & to develop greater awareness of protection under catastrophic risk events.   The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk).

Individuals can be encouraged to make their own personal protection plans to empower themselves for any unlikely emergency from terrorism so that they are quickly able to recognise an incident & protect themselves & people close-by to the best of their ability.  Personal plans may include understanding what may be seen or heard or smelt when in proximity to a threat, what materials in clothing give better durability in certain threat situations & what the timelines are for the best chances for survival & mitigation of injury & shock.  Psychological issues in the aftermath of a high threat incident are also important for awareness & self-help & seeking professional help is possible also in these upsetting situations when there has been a near death experience.

Personal information data loss from 400,000 British citizens has been reported by Equifax alongside 143 million Americans in an incident identified in September.  These large data losses provide the criminal world - as well as nation states that use hackers as proxies for defence & commercial information - with the means to undertake identity theft & to attack individuals & companies in many different ways.  Personal history details remain the same throughout life & passwords are frequently used across different areas of activity so that hacking of this scale inevitably exposes the workplace as well as the individual.

Newrisk Limited as part of the TEG7 (The Exercise Group 7 LLP) training initiative, is providing cyber risk mitigation & catastrophic risk training for companies & governments world-wide.  The TEG7 team work is built up from former military specialist skills & institutional cyber operations skills (www.teg7.co.uk). There are 14 courses designed for cyber & physical security to be managed in an integrated format along with an understanding of the extreme threats which are difficult to recognise but which threaten the sustainability of operations.