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Mapping the threat landscape for 2017

Mapping the threat landscape for 2017

28th February 2017

Mapping the threat landscape for 2017

After a turbulent 2016, a lot of businesses and organisations are wondering what security challenges they’ll face in the coming year. If you represent such a business or organisation, here at Zaun we can help. We’re experts at meeting a wide variety of physical security challenges because we understand security itself so well. In today’s blog, we’ll try to peer forward and examine the threat landscape for 2017. Of course, we can’t predict the future with 100% accuracy, but we can look at existing political, economic and national trends and extrapolate the types of security challenge they might pose.

1. Politics

Around the world, the political landscape has become increasingly polarised. Here in Britain, the decision to leave the EU split the nation in two. The result of the referendum has widely been interpreted as a swing towards a more right-wing national position. The closeness of the vote and the lack of unanimity in the outcome has therefore created tensions between the right and left wings of the nation’s political spectrum. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the war in Syria has created two distinct and seemingly irreconcilable groups: those who supported the regime, and those who rebelled against it. What’s more, the pressures of the conflict forced many disaffected refugees and migrants out of the country.

In America, the election of Donald Trump has dramatically polarised the conservative and liberal branches of the nation. We could go on listing examples of this phenomena all day. But what does it mean for you? Sadly, polarisation often leads to politically-motivated violence. If your business or organisation has any known political affiliations or sympathies, it is more likely to be targeted for attack in 2017 than in previous years. We would therefore recommend that you fortify your premises and site with security fencing and other measures. Historically, Britain is less prone to politically-motivated criminality than other countries, but there’s no reason to take any unnecessary risks.

2. Economics

The political crises alluded to in point one have also created economic uncertainty in many countries, including Britain. Economic anxiety and perceived financial desperation can lead to criminality. People who already feel financially unprotected are more likely to resort to crime in times of heightened economic uncertainty. If you keep anything of value on your site or in your premises when it is unattended, you may need additional security measures for 2017. You may wish to augment your perimeter fencing with fence toppings and CCTV, for example.

By looking at the current global political and economic situation, we can say that 2017’s threat landscape will include both politically-motivated violence (from all parts of the political spectrum) and traditional criminality from some individuals suffering from financial desperation and uncertainty. However, there’s no need to panic. Fortifying your site’s security with our products will help you cope impeccably with the threats of the coming year.