Situational awareness is the corner stone to field security; it is far preferable to avoid than mitigate effects of a risk. Yet this area is identified as a widely overlooked requirement by organizations and individuals operating in often the most exposed conditions; often resulting in reliance purely upon expensive physical security costs; and/or suffering the consequences of an attack.
This course aims to redress this gap in security capabilities by training participants in key areas vital to creating and maintaining situational awareness; a permissive profile and the subsequent protection of information and sources. In this way the iHEAT course goes beyond generic HEAT courses to focus primarily on information collection, analysis, and protection of information and sources.
iHEAT - how to protect information.
It may not be you, your body or your car, that the high-jackers are targeting. It could be the information you carry. Can you answer questions about your mission, where you are going and who you have just met? It will determine whether you get pulled over at a check-point, deemed a threat or of interest to the local stakeholders. How well you can protect your information will decide whether you and your organisation will be trusted by local partners and donors – or become the focus of an unwanted opponent.
iHEAT - Background
Standard Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) safety and security training is increasingly mandatory for those who operate in complex, violent or remote areas. However, humanitarian aid workers, private enterprises, diplomats, journalists and human rights defenders primarily depend on access to timely, reliable information – and skills to collect and handle information in a hostile environment or during crisis; all areas that are often lacking in generic HEAT courses.
iHEAT goes beyond standard curriculums to give contextualised security awareness and skills (prevent and respond) for specific security threats in severe security risk environments.
We believe physical security and duty of care are founded on situational awareness and avoidance rather than simply effect mitigation through expensive physical security defences. Situational awareness is vital to all and framed in many ways by a spectrum of actors from government, military, police through to NGOs; but definitions essentially boil down to information collection, analysis and informed decision making.
The iHEAT bespoke training is the product of combined professional METIS consultant experience working on the ground in multiple often hostile international environments alongside humanitarians, police, war crimes investigators, military and journalists.
Information Risk Assessment
Information collection strategy and skills
Information classification, protection and storage strategies and technologies
Secure communication and encryption technologies
Information Security Incident Management
Implementing best practices for a collective data security mindset
Rounded field information training package iHEAT encompasses all phases from collection, analysis and management of information for building enhanced situational awareness. The training aids both security and operational effectiveness in the field.
Training in tandem All actors in hostile or complex environments, either intentionally or unintentionally, engage with information that can be compromising. For those who handle information that has been given in confidence or whose operational capacity is vulnerable to reputational damage, the ability to collect, monitor and protect information is as key as physical and personal security. Managing information during crisis or hostile environment requires a higher capacity and must be trained in tandem.
Cross-training iHEAT is equally applicable and valuable to a broad spectrum of field personnel from NGO, Humanitarian community, EU, UN, Journalist, Government, Investigation and specialist information backgrounds. Indeed, the mix of participant type and experience is highly valuable to the course experience, generating a rich opportunity to network and share approaches and understanding.
Mentoring will be available throughout the days and evenings for individual mentoring.
COURSE DATE: 25 March – 29 March 2019 (5 days)
LOCATION: Uppsala, Sweden
PRICE: € 1999 excl VAT