While oil and gas prospects in East Africa are flourishing, the area’s potential security risks can be seen as a barrier to international business. But with the appropriate risk scoping and planning, conducting business in East Africa can be viable and profitable, argues Tony Stead

University professor and author Hamed El-Said shares his thoughts on why traditional approaches to fighting terrorism are not working, arguing that countering radicalisation in the first place is a better approach to the problem

Criminals are not afraid of using extreme force or explosives when entering a building or site, which is why the security products that protect such perimeters must meet strict standards – and be installed correctly, urges Stephen Munden

Dr Paul Gill’s new book Lone Actor Terrorists: A Behavioural Analysis seeks to build upon this strand of research and bring the field closer towards a scientific approach to terrorist behaviour.

Security consultant Paul Easter MBE outlines the difficulties Western powers have faced in attempting to build democratic nations in the Middle East, and calls for strategic thinking

Tony Berning of OPSWAT outlines a secure data workflow which organisations can implement in order to balance their security needs against their operational requirements

A paper published by the Royal United Services Institiute highlights the danger of further reductions in defence spending and personnel numbers in the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review, due to take place before the end of the year

A ‘risk map’ pinpointing the significant trends in risk and security around the world – such as transational terrorism, cyber security, and maritime piracy – will allow companies to make business decisions accordingly. Counter Terror Business examines the report

Crowd management is a key aspect of ensuring the smooth running of any stadium-based event. After all, maintaining a positive atmosphere is paramount to retaining fans again and again over time. But how do you get the balance?

At a time when international cyber-security is being continuously tested, do we have the skills and knowledge to counter such threats? Nigel Jones from the newly-formed Global Institute of Cyber, Intelligence and Security examines the issue