Political and social instability in the world is spilling over into businesses, which more than ever must contend not only with hackers targeting valuable corporate data, but also how geopolitical conflicts will affect the reliability of digital networks supporting commerce, how policy is formulated and enforced, and how investments are executed.
The relatively quiet first six months of 2018 could turn on a dime as midterm elections loom, tense relations in the Middle East persist, the U.S. leaves the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sanctions against Iran tighten, and numerous other dramatic geopolitical developments continue to arise.
Mid-way through 2018, what do strategic leaders need to consider when evaluating the risks to their businesses?
The Current Threat Matrix
Assessing whether a nation state or threat actor group is relevant to your organisation requires an understanding of their technical capabilities, potential impact on targeted organisations, and which industry verticals they have been known to target. The Flashpoint 2018 Mid-Year Update includes a comprehensive, visual matrix providing insight into the answers to these must-ask questions, and serves as a quick reference for evaluating threats.
Updated 2018 Flashpoints
As with earlier editions, the Flashpoint BRI Decision Report’s 2018 Mid-Year Update highlights geopolitical bellwethers that may prompt shifts in the threat landscape. These flashpoints are not intended to predict future events, but rather to shed light on potentially impactful developments to watch.
Trends and Indicators for Key Geopolitical Threats
The BRI Decision Report provides an updated analysis of key geopolitical entities, including Russia, China, the Five Eyes countries, Iran, and North Korea. In addition, the report highlights recent trends among disruptive and attention-seeking actors, cybercriminals, hacktivists, activists, and jihadists.
To support the ongoing efforts of defenders across various industries, the Flashpoint BRI Decision Report 2018 Mid-Year Update provides a forward-looking assessment of threats shaping the geopolitical landscape, and the risks they pose to organisations during the remainder of 2018.