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How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

As the festive period approaches, it is important to remember that the UK faces a diverse and evolving terrorism threat. Among others, the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market and 2018 Strasbourg attacks act as a reminder of the intent of terrorist actors globally to conduct...

Martyn’s Law Gov Update Dec 2022

Pool Re welcomes Protect Duty announcement NEWS RELEASE - 19 December 2022Pool Re, Britain’s leading terrorism reinsurer, today welcomes the UK government’s announcement of its upcoming Protect Duty legislation, also known as Martyn’s Law. In a statement yesterday the...

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

In the recent Queen's speech, the Government announced they would be introducing a draft terrorism bill called Protect Duty. The implications of the legislation could be far reaching, possibly affecting tens of thousands (if not more) businesses throughout the UK....

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The second instalment examines IS’ tactics and practices and the impact its social media strategy has on recruitment and propaganda.

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The first article examines the role of the...

Review of the Home Office Protect Duty Consultation Report January 2022

Review of the Home Office Protect Duty Consultation Report January 2022

On 10th January 2022, the Minister for Security and Borders at the Home Office, Damian Hinds MP, released a report summarising the findings from the public consultation for the proposed Protect Duty legislation that will require owners and/or operators of Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) to take appropriate and proportionate measures to protect the public from terrorist attack.

Hospitality & High Streets – short guide to festive terrorism risk management planning

Hospitality & High Streets – short guide to festive terrorism risk management planning

Retail and hospitality businesses will no doubt be looking forward to a busy festive period, many of which have endured an incredibly difficult past 18 months due to pandemic lockdowns. However, as high streets, bars and restaurants become a hive of activity the UK Counter Terrorism and Metropolitan Police have warned of the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack.

RANSOMWARE: A Cyber Pandemic

RANSOMWARE: A Cyber Pandemic

By Conrad Prince CB, Pool Re’s Senior Cyber Terrorism Advisor – May 2021 Ransomware attacks, where cyber criminals seize control of victims’ computers and demand payment in return for restoring access, are a major criminal growth industry. According to one report,...

E-Jihad: a credible new threat?

E-Jihad: a credible new threat?

Al-Qaeda's new cyber strategy and the outlook for cyber terrorism In June 2020, al-Qaeda (AQ) released the second issue of its new English-language magazine One Ummah. The publication's diverse contents included a lengthy article on the United States economy,...

When terrorism and cyber worlds collide

When terrorism and cyber worlds collide

Tune into our webinar, as our expert panelists probe deeper into what this means for us, how the landscape is changing and how insurers are responding to the new and emerging threats. We live in an age of continuous change and disruption COVID-19, and the resulting...

Conspiracy theories and terrorism

Conspiracy theories and terrorism

Since April, unidentified assailants have partially damaged or destroyed over 70 communications masts across the UK. The attacks were inspired by an online conspiracy theory linking 5G communications to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As well as targeting...

Time for a good, hard look in the mirror?

Time for a good, hard look in the mirror?

Even the UK’s National Risk Register[1] states a pandemic, albeit an influenza one, as one of the most significant threats facing the UK. Whilst this blog is not a commentary on how well the UK managed COVID-19, it does show that even governments find it difficult to...

Right-wing terrorism since Christchurch

Right-wing terrorism since Christchurch

By Eden Stewart, Senior Analyst and Callum Yourston, Analyst: Risk Awareness Team In March 2019, a gunmen killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand; it was the deadliest attack by a right-wing terrorist (RWT) for nearly a decade. The shooting...

RFI Iran: Cyber Capabilities Conclusions

RFI Iran: Cyber Capabilities Conclusions

Executive Summary The following report comprises a collection and analysis of Iran's capabilities and accomplishments to date in the cyber field. Iran's cyber capabilities have been continuously improving over the course of the last five years, as state-backed groups...

Left-Wing Terrorism

Left-Wing Terrorism

With the collapse of communism in the late 1980s, the threat from left-wing terrorism receded in the West. Without the ideological authority and political support derived from the Soviet Union and its allies, the succession of violent Marxist-Leninist movements seen...

Right-Wing Terrorism

Right-Wing Terrorism

The massacre of 50 people at two mosques in southern New Zealand on 15 March served as a grim reminder of the threat posed by RWT. While accounting for a small proportion of terrorism globally, attacks by RWT have been on the rise in recent years across the West....

The Process of Radicalisation

The Process of Radicalisation

Guest Writer, –Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Amongst the reams of academic literature written on the topic, there is no single explanation or answer to how or why radicalisation happens....

Al-Qaedaesh: Possible Al-Qaeda / Daesh merger

Al-Qaedaesh: Possible Al-Qaeda / Daesh merger

As predicted, Daesh's territorial holdings in Iraq and Syria and elsewhere across the globe have been significantly eroded and the impending collapse of the physical so-called Caliphate has raised hopes for the group's end. However, elements of Daesh and its ideology...

2017: A new IED campaign?

2017: A new IED campaign?

The Manchester attack was therefore inconsistent with the perceived trend towards low complexity attacks, and the marauding vehicle and bladed attacks in London Bridge in June seemingly confirmed the use of an IED in Manchester as anomalous. However, on 15 September,...

COVID-19: Highlighting the CBR threat

COVID-19: Highlighting the CBR threat

COVID-19 has highlighted the threat of terrorists using CBR materials. Could this present a worrying new peril to business and the economy? Join Ed Butler CBE DSO - Chief Resilience Officer, Pool Re, and our expert team of panellists: Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE...

Salisbury | Open for Business?

Salisbury | Open for Business?

On Sunday 4th March, the emergency services were called to a bench in the centre of Salisbury where father and daughter Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found "in a catatonic state". Within the next few hours, both the Skripals and a British police officer DS Nick Bailey...

Climate Change Reporting

Climate Change Reporting

Climate change is one of the most significant global issues of our time. In a recent United Nations Security Council Meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that “no one is safe from the destructive effects of climate disruption.” As our awareness and...

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The second instalment examines IS’ tactics and practices and the impact its social media strategy has on recruitment and propaganda.

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The first article examines the role of the...

RANSOMWARE: A Cyber Pandemic

RANSOMWARE: A Cyber Pandemic

By Conrad Prince CB, Pool Re’s Senior Cyber Terrorism Advisor – May 2021 Ransomware attacks, where cyber criminals seize control of victims’ computers and demand payment in return for restoring access, are a major criminal growth industry. According to one report,...

Left-Wing Terrorism

Left-Wing Terrorism

With the collapse of communism in the late 1980s, the threat from left-wing terrorism receded in the West. Without the ideological authority and political support derived from the Soviet Union and its allies, the succession of violent Marxist-Leninist movements seen...

Sector Risk Report: Airports

Sector Risk Report: Airports

Our new sector-specific risk report examines the terrorist threat to the airports sector and how it has changed post pandemic. This report is intended to share a more comprehensive understanding of the threat landscape surrounding airports, their possible...

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

In the recent Queen's speech, the Government announced they would be introducing a draft terrorism bill called Protect Duty. The implications of the legislation could be far reaching, possibly affecting tens of thousands (if not more) businesses throughout the UK....

Review of the Home Office Protect Duty Consultation Report January 2022

Review of the Home Office Protect Duty Consultation Report January 2022

On 10th January 2022, the Minister for Security and Borders at the Home Office, Damian Hinds MP, released a report summarising the findings from the public consultation for the proposed Protect Duty legislation that will require owners and/or operators of Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) to take appropriate and proportionate measures to protect the public from terrorist attack.

Sector Risk Report: Retail and Hospitality

Sector Risk Report: Retail and Hospitality

Our latest sector-focused risk report examines the evolving terrorist threat to the retail and hospitality sector. This report is intended to provide a better understanding of the terrorist threat to owners and managers of businesses in the sector, so they can...

Briefing Note: Sir John Saunders Manchester Arena Inquiry

Briefing Note: Sir John Saunders Manchester Arena Inquiry

The Manchester Arena Inquiry, chaired by The Hon Sir John Saunders, was established by the Home Secretary in 2019 to investigate the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena attack which killed 22 people and injured hundreds more. Seeking to reduce the risk of a similar attack...

Time for a good, hard look in the mirror?

Time for a good, hard look in the mirror?

Even the UK’s National Risk Register[1] states a pandemic, albeit an influenza one, as one of the most significant threats facing the UK. Whilst this blog is not a commentary on how well the UK managed COVID-19, it does show that even governments find it difficult to...

CT Security Guide for Business Premises

CT Security Guide for Business Premises

Each business sector faces its own unique challenges. The nature of their business, their profile, their people or their location are all factors that can present companies with varied levels of risk. The best practice counter-terrorism security guide was written with...

Sector Risk Report: Public Transport

Sector Risk Report: Public Transport

As one of a series of focused sector risk reports, Pool Re SOLUTIONS, has examined the evolving threat to the Public Transport sector from terrorism. This report will be of particular interest to operators and responsible persons who manage or operate in the public...

The Importance of NDBI Cover

The Importance of NDBI Cover

"It'll never happen here" - we have worked with ITN and BIBA to produce this compelling short film. The aim is to help small businesses (SMEs) understand the impact of not having terrorism insurance in place, if the worst should happen. Centred in Borough Market, the...

How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

As the festive period approaches, it is important to remember that the UK faces a diverse and evolving terrorism threat. Among others, the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market and 2018 Strasbourg attacks act as a reminder of the intent of terrorist actors globally to conduct...

Decoding two differing responses to a common threat

Decoding two differing responses to a common threat

How do the UK and US compare?   The UK's revised Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST) was published in June 2018.   The importance of working closely with the private sector, including the insurance sector, in counter-terrorism was highlighted as a theme across the...

Moscow after Mutiny – What next for Wagner?

Moscow after Mutiny – What next for Wagner?

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI, Junior Threat Analyst Read Time: 5 minutes Pool Re’s Threat Awareness Team have previously explored reports which suggested that the UK was preparing to proscribe Russia’s Wagner Group as a terrorist organisation.[1] On 23 June 2023, the...

UK: New Definition of Extremism Announced

UK: New Definition of Extremism Announced

Author: Becca Stewart ASyI, Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes On 14 March 2024, the UK Government announced a new definition of extremism. The new definition is “narrow and sharper” than its predecessor and will enable the government to publish a list of groups they...

How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

How to Stay Safe During the Festive Period

As the festive period approaches, it is important to remember that the UK faces a diverse and evolving terrorism threat. Among others, the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market and 2018 Strasbourg attacks act as a reminder of the intent of terrorist actors globally to conduct...

Martyn’s Law Gov Update Dec 2022

Pool Re welcomes Protect Duty announcement NEWS RELEASE - 19 December 2022Pool Re, Britain’s leading terrorism reinsurer, today welcomes the UK government’s announcement of its upcoming Protect Duty legislation, also known as Martyn’s Law. In a statement yesterday the...

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

Are you Protect Duty prepared?

In the recent Queen's speech, the Government announced they would be introducing a draft terrorism bill called Protect Duty. The implications of the legislation could be far reaching, possibly affecting tens of thousands (if not more) businesses throughout the UK....

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Cyber Terrorism: Islamic State’s effective exploitation of social media

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The second instalment examines IS’ tactics and practices and the impact its social media strategy has on recruitment and propaganda.

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Cyber Terrorism: Understanding online radicalisation

Our new online terrorism series explores how terrorist organisations are harnessing the internet to radicalise and train potential recruits, disseminate illegal content, facilitate communication, and incite acts of terrorism. The first article examines the role of the...

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