IACA Spring Symposium: Lessons from the World of Intelligence in the Commercial Enterprise

Posted on 27 April 2011 by


I’m really excited to be doing a training session today for the International Association of Crime Analysts at its Spring Symposium here in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose of the talk is to present police crime analysts with detailed information about how private enterprises, particularly those in the financial services, energy and manufacturing sectors – view intelligence operations.

What information do they get? Crime analysts need to understand what their private counterparts do, what information they have access to? How can cooperation be improved?

Download the presentation here.

The IACA listserv buzzed in December 2010, with questions about how commercial organizations conduct intelligence, and what software they use to do it.

This talk looks at the commercial intelligence mission, and how that relates to public sector law enforcement. With an overview of the issues on which commercial organizations seek intelligence and how they define intelligence, the presentation will dive into the kinds of tools analysts use, and how those might inform the mission of law enforcement intelligence analysts.

Of particular import is how intelligence analysts at commercial organizations might be a gateway to forging stronger ties between public and private sector in response to cyber crime. As cyber attacks for profit grow exponentially, law enforcement agencies are struggling to understand and keep with trends in cyber crime.

To fight it, they need data, they need information and they need intelligence. Guess what our commercial counterparts have access to? The talk will cover some obvious areas in which commercial and police analysts might share information for mutual benefit, and suggest ways to open communications for future collaboration.

In plain language, the talk will describe the challenges faced by commercial organizations, and the kinds of things which drive intel folks in the private sector nuts: "cylinders of excellence" (stovepipes), a lack of executive understanding and buy-in, and navigating the suck-and-blow of internal political and budgetary compromise. If this sounds familiar, you may have more in common with your commercial brethren than you might think at first blush.