The following is an introduction to the world of techno-intelligence signatures, given by Gadi Aviran, CEO of Hazard Threat Analysis Ltd. Hazard Threat Analysis Ltd. (HTA) specializes in assessment of terror threats derived from Internet-sourced intelligence material (WebInt), utilizing an array of expertise in the collection, translation and analysis of focused data. ‘Techno-Intelligence signatures’ is a collective name for the indicative effects an action has on its environment. Either physical or behavioral, these ‘signatures’ vary in nature, ranging from patterns of communication to unusual scents and sounds. During the development of a new technical or operational capability, or during the execution of one, these ‘signatures’ are emitted, allowing intelligence analysts to collect and analyze them, in an effort to issue an intelligence alert. The difficulty in achieving a timely alert based on the analysis of such signatures is the process of “connecting the dots” – making sense of information particles often lacking an obvious connection. In order to begin ‘connecting the dots’, it is first vital to know what the ‘dots’, the analyst is looking at, are by making the distinction between theoretical threats and current intelligence threats. A profound understanding of both current capabilities and their distinctive ‘signatures’ and the nature of information sources, results in the life saving intelligence alert the counter-terrorism agencies are after.
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