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Pool Re publishes UK Terrorism Threat and Mitigation Report 2019

Pool Re has releases a new report which reviews the UK’s terrorism threat landscape and shares detailed findings on trends in targeting and tactics.

The UK Terrorism Threat and Mitigation Report 2019 includes:

UK Threat Overview

While the UK fortunately has experienced few terrorist attacks since 2017, the country continues to face a heightened threat from terrorism. Alongside the lasting threat from Islamist extremism, the growth of the far-right and a potential resurgence by dissident republicans means the country faces attacks from an unprecedented range of actors. In the report Pool Re’s Chief Resilience Officer Ed Butler examines how businesses can improve their resilience in the face of enduring and multifarious threats.

Unconventional attack methodologies

In recent years, the adoption of novel technologies by terrorists has accelerated. The report assesses the risks posed by the proliferation of drone technology, its use by terrorists and the efficacy of countermeasures. The increasing use of CBRN weapons and offensive cyber operations by nation states and implications for terrorism is also examined.

The economic impact of terrorism

Andrew Silke, Professor of Terrorism at Cranfield University, explores the relationship between terrorist ideology, strategy and target selection, and details why and how some terrorist groups seek to inflict catastrophic economic losses on targeted countries.

The future of terrorism risk assessment

Alexander Babuta, Research Fellow in National Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, assesses the viability of artificial intelligence as a counter-terrorism tool, examining its advantages and shortcomings and offering a view on how best to embed the technology in counter-terrorism practice.

Daesh’s post-caliphate

While Daesh has lost the last of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, the group remains a potent threat to the West. Eden Stewart, Senior Analyst at Pool Re, looks at how the group is likely to adapt its strategy and communications to its new situation, and what the implications are for UK security.

Download the full report (PDF).

     



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