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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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Sally Leivesley



  • TEG7
  • Cyber Threats
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).