Conflict International is a well-established intelligence, investigation, and surveillance agency with offices worldwide, specifically in London and New York. Their team consists of highly skilled individuals with various professional backgrounds offering a wealth of knowledge and experience to their clients.
Recently, they had the opportunity to speak at the first ever virtual World Association of Detectives (WAD) conference.
— Conflict Intl (@conflict_intl) August 24, 2020
WAD is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating all the way back to 1921. It is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the entire world. WAD was formed as a joint effort by the combined membership of the World Association of Detectives and the International Secret Service Association.
According to their website, WAD was formed for the following purposes:
To promote and maintain the highest ethical practices in the profession of private investigator or security service;
To select for membership only those individuals whose personal and professional backgrounds and business affiliations have strictly observed the precepts of truth, accuracy, and prudence;
To eliminate unreliable, incompetent, and irresponsible members of the profession;
To foster and perpetuate a spirit of cooperation among its members and with all those engaged in law enforcement and;
To further and establish a mutual feeling of trust, goodwill, and friendship among agencies throughout the world.
Below are a few testimonials from WAD’s website:
- “The W.A.D. network allows our firm to consistently meet our clients demands for global information on short notice”
- “W.A.D. platform is a true professional’s dream of having networking all over the world.”
- “W.A.D. not only provides excellent international referrals, but promotes life-long friendships that also lead to business opportunities.”
In a recent news release, Conflict International detailed their plans for the virtual WAD conference. According to the release, Conflict’s U.S. Operations Director, Stephen Komorek, who also currently serves as the Sergeant at Arms, hosted a Skill Set workshop at the WAD conference for international investigators on Human Lie Detection.
Excellent & informative panel on International Investigations from WAD's Executive Board members. pic.twitter.com/T6ke4FRpRb
— W.A.D. (@WADnews) August 20, 2020
To date, Stephen is the only sergeant at arms to be specifically requested, and serve under three consecutive presidents.
Stephen humbly said:
“It is truly an honor.”
The workshop that Stephen ran at the WAD conference is a continuation of a previous webinar, and is part of a 16 hour course that focuses on detecting deception in word expression. All who completed the workshop were awarded a Certificate of completion.
— Conflict Intl (@conflict_intl) August 20, 2020
Immediately following Stephen’s workshop, Conflict International CEO and Chairman of the WAD, Mike LaCorte moderated a panel of experienced officers from the Association. Mike is the first chairman to ever be elected twice for consecutive terms.
During this panel, they discussed how the “new normal” currently impacts international investigations. In addition, they discussed how professionals can continue to service clients at the highest level, regardless of the situation.
After the WAD conference, Stephen said:
“The first ever virtual conference for the World Association of Detectives was an extraordinary event with many great speakers and a panel consisting of leadership. The event included an informative panel hosted by WAD leadership and moderated by the chairman Mike LaCorte.”
“I was very honored to receive feedback from the membership of the WAD on the training seminar I gave on human lie detection. By the end of the training, they were able to enhance their abilities, even in the short amount of time we spent during the workshop.”
He concluded by saying:
“I look forward to giving an in-person training on the subject at the next WAD annual conference. Conflict is proud to continue our membership and hold leadership roles with WAD. Look forward to details for the next event hosted by WAD.”
— W.A.D. (@WADnews) August 17, 2020
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Social distancing and home quarantining have left many companies and organizations in the unique situation of having to use video conferencing to stay connected and to keep their employees accountable while working from home.
But how safe are these online video chat applications?
According to Breitbart News as reported by the Times, “U.S. Intel Officials believe that foreign spies are targeting video chatting platforms such as Zoom to spy on business executives, government officials, and scientists using the apps during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.”
So how true is this really? Are applications like Zoom really that vulnerable to foreign spies, and what are they trying to obtain? What information are you unknowing sharing with them?
The Time writes:
As much of the world works from home, an explosion of video conference calls has provided a playground not just for Zoombombers, phishermen and cybercriminals, but also for spies.
Everyone from top business executives to government officials and scientists are using conferencing apps to stay in touch during the new coronavirus lockdowns and U.S. counterintelligence agencies have observed the espionage services of Russia, Iran, and North Korea attempting to spy on Americans’ video chats, three U.S. intelligence officials tell TIME.
But the cyberspies that have moved fastest and most aggressively during the pandemic, the intelligence officials say, have been China’s.
“More than anyone else, the Chinese are interested in what American companies are doing,” said one of the three.
And that, in turn, has some U.S. counterintelligence officials worrying about one video conference platform in particular: Zoom.
While the Chinese, Russians, and others are targeting virtually every tool Americans and others are using now that they’re forced to work from home, Zoom is an attractive target, especially for China, the intelligence officials and internet security researchers say.
According to Breitbart News, the CEO Eric Yuan of Zoom has also apologized for the issues relating to cybersecurity that their millions of customers are facing right now. While Yuan has stated that they are taking many precautions to better secure the Zoom app for all its users, many are still left skeptical.
Top United States intelligence officials are reporting;
There is no evidence that Zoom is cooperating with China or has been compromised by it, only that Zoom’s security measures leave gaps, some of which may make the application less secure than others.
All three intelligence officials, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss ongoing operations with the media, said spies are using multiple applications to search government, corporate, and academic conversations for financial, personal, product development, research, and intellectual property information and leads.
Federal experts have warned both government and private officials not to use video conference applications to discuss or exchange sensitive information. In a memo on Thursday, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms told Senators not to use Zoom, according to one person who received the memo.
Law Enforcement Today turned to our own top private intelligence professional, Stephen Komorek the Operations Director from Conflict International United States. Conflict International is a private investigation/ intelligence firm that specializes in these exact kinds of online threats.
“Every single day, precious valuable data and information is susceptible to end up in the wrong hands. Most clients and exploitable assets don’t even know that it’s happening. That’s where we come in,” Komorek said.
“Most of our senior teams are comprised of intelligence professionals that have crossed-trained in different disciplines.
Here is why that is an important factor.
“An analyst, counterintelligence (CI) and counter-espionage (CE) professional will look at the same document and pull different actionable intelligence from it. Cross-training and having years of experience in different disciplines allow us to provide the highest benefit to our clients.”
Komorek and his teams of professionals work from both sides of the angle – whether a company is looking for holes in their security or whether a particular person is repeatedly getting caught up in becoming a target.
Many employees become targets for these individuals who are looking to break through security settings, without even knowing they have become a victim.
Komorek’s teams have also engaged in countless operations to try and find weaknesses within corporations and government-controlled subsidiaries. When they find them, they work to eliminate those weaknesses.
“We use something called red teaming to try and highlight holes within security mainframes,” Komorek said.
“It’s not uncommon for these failures in security to come in the form of penetrable access points using technology or even employees being sucked into social engineering scams.”
Tests include penetration testing, locating physical and electronic vulnerabilities or using trickery and deception to locate and exploit assets within the company. This also includes targeting employees that may be cause for concern related to security breaches.
Komorek says that whether in government, corporation, or small business, they can create custom solutions to keep privacy alive.
“We don’t like to see anyone get exploited for any means, so we’re in the business of stopping that from happening,” Komorek finished. “The profession doesn’t matter. We can even work alongside your current security consultants to help keep you protected.”
Now more than ever, companies need to tighten their security. With employees working from home, having conference calls, video conferences and an influx of email, text and social media messaging to connect with each other.
Whether a company is large or small, security and securing data should be one of their top priorities in the era where most business is being conducted on the interwebs.
How secure is your network? How secure are your devices? How secure are your employee’s homes? How secure are their internet providers? There are all questions that every business owner or IT professional should be asking themselves right now.
While apps like zoom conferencing and free conference calls are necessary right now, everyone should proceed carefully with their conversations and the discussions of proprietary information.
For more information on keeping your business safe from social engineering scams and vulnerable employees, visit the Conflict United States website.
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