Terrorism and Security Trends
AON’s Terrorism Threat Map displays global threat levels based on risk assessments by insurance underwriters, security analysts, brokers and others.
Experts at Nordic Security Challenges 2006 identified a number of terrorism trends in Denmark and elsewhere in Western Europe that companies and governments are tracking, including:
- Office complexes, transportation systems, commercial shipping, passenger aircraft, hotels, bars, discos and foreign workers and contractors are on the list of so-called “soft targets.”
- Nordic countries each have their own threat levels. The Muhammad cartoon controversy in early 2006 distinguished Denmark among potential terrorists.
- “Home-grown” radical Islamic cells inspired by, but not necessarily connected to, Al-Qaeda are proliferating. Al-Qaeda’s extended organization is declining, while the number of those cells increases.
- The Iraq War is an enormous training ground for international Jihadists, who fan out and serve as “gatekeepers” for those local cells in numerous countries.
- The London Tube bombings in July 2005 have spurred a variety of responses by law enforcement and governments, including more electronic surveillance systems and deportations, as well as community policing in immigrant communities.
- More terrorists are local, young (even adolescents). More are educated and middle class. They often commit small-scale crimes and dwell on the fringes of Islamic communities and mosques.
- More IT terrorist threats intended to disrupt businesses across the globe instantaneously.
- More large companies are preparing detailed plans with chains of command to help them respond to terrorist incidents.