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Arizona Chapter Meeting
University of Phoenix
4035 South Riverpoint Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Category: Chapter Meeting

Our very own, Rich Wilson, will be presenting on Behavioral Threat Assessment and Technology.

When mass shootings happen news outlets race to scrape the web to find and publish screenshots of the perpetrators Facebook page, YouTube diatribe or excerpts from an online manifesto followed by retrospective reporting that seeks to connect all the dots. Conversely, behavioral threat assessment teams must work prospectively to prevent attacks through early identification and intervention with troubled or troubling persons of concern. Yet many of these teams have been slow to fully embrace open source intelligence investigations and even slower at integrating information systems professionals into their multidisciplinary teams. This session will provide an overview of how behavioral threat assessment teams work, the types of behaviors and communications that may portend violence and how technology fits into informing an assessment. Case examples will emphasize aspects of social media and the internet to illustrate the importance of bringing the expertise of information security systems professionals into the assessment and management process.

Learning Objectives

Recognize that perpetrators of mass violence don’t “just snap” while gaining an understanding of the observable behaviors that precede targeted violence.

Learn about the factors used to assess online communications and behavior in relation to violence risk.

Understand how behavioral threat assessment teams operate and how information security professionals can contribute to better positioning teams to confront tomorrows technological challenges today.

Rich Wilson

Rich Wilson is a Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates working as part of a team comprised of leading experts in behavioral threat assessment and management to provide threat assessment and violence prevention services to businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, military units, law enforcement and security professionals, prominent individuals and family offices. In addition to helping clients handle challenging cases he manages SIGMA’s open source intelligence investigations.

Rich has twenty-five years of law enforcement experience and retired as Assistant Chief of Police at Arizona State University where he established one of the first threat assessment teams in higher education.


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Contact: Jerry Crow, President Arizona HTCIA