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The rapid growth of social media offers both an opportunity and a threat to the law enforcement/security community in states, NGOs and corporations. However, the inherent slow pace of bureaucratic systems means that more often than not hostile or extremist elements are better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities offered. This workshop addresses the ways in which this situation may be turned on its head, enabling the security community to transform what is currently a significant challenge into a valuable strategic and tactical asset, whilst respecting all legal and ethical constraints.



The workshop consists of briefing sessions combined with practical hands-on exercises, and will be tailored to support the various objectives and needs of attendees. It will cover:

  • The growth and nature of social media
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Adversarial use and perception of social media
  • Data gathering and source development
  • Open source and paid software solutions
  • Strategic and tactical intelligence exploitation
  • Use in support of strategic aims
  • Opportunities for direct support to operations
  • Justifying expenditure/defining ROI


Benefits of Attending

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about this emerging issue from intelligence and risk management experts who are at the leading edge of the field. In addition to high-value briefings, the interactive parts of the workshop will allow participants to develop an initial action plan for how they can begin to make better use of social media for security/intelligence purposes.


Who Should Attend

 The workshop is primarily aimed at those with a role/interest in security intelligence from the police, military, security services, other government departments, suppliers, the wider corporate sector and NGOs. However, anyone interested in the examination/exploitation of social media for other purposes will also benefit, since the same mechanisms and underling principles open up a wide range of possibilities.


Workshop Leader


Justin Crump


Justin is an intelligence and security expert with fifteen years’ service in the British Armed Forces, including operational experience in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. A political science graduate from Durham University currently studying at King’s College London, military career highlights include graduating with distinction from the Army’s colloquial Arabic course, three years as ADC to Major General the Duke of Westminster and responsibility for the recruitment, organisation and training of 6,500 policemen in Maysan, Iraq on Operation TELIC 3. He continues to serve as a staff officer with a TA reconnaissance regiment.


As a result of his experience he is now a recognised commentator on world affairs, particularly as regards Islamist terrorism and the underlying theology. He has made regular appearances on Al-Jazeera English and has been interviewed by radio and print media worldwide. He is in demand as a speaker at conferences and events, for example speaking annually at the UK National Counter-Terror Expo. He is a mentor for the New Delhi-based think-tank and not-for-profit Security Watch India and is an active supporter of the Cities Security and Resilience Network (CSARN). He is also an expert on the design and delivery of training on security and intelligence topics.


In 2010 Justin left to set up Sibylline ltd. Based on feedback from former Assynt clients, Sibylline’s main effort is supporting the current trend towards improving security leadership and management, with particular focus on the use of intelligence to deliver business value, increase efficiency and improve organisational resilience. This includes consultancy, training (especially for analysts and users of intelligence product) and sourcing or production of intelligence as required by organisational needs. He produces regular reporting and commentary on a range of world security and risk topics. Justin’s experience in some of the world’s most deprived areas has led Sibylline to be a highly socially responsible firm, with a percentage of profits going to NGOs active in these regions.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 The growth and nature of social media

9:20 New and emerging technologies

9:40 Adversarial use and perception of social media

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:20 Data gathering and source development

10:40 Open source and paid software solutions

11:00 Strategic and tactical intelligence exploitation

11:20 Use in support of strategic aims

11:40 Opportunities for direct support to operations

12:00 Justifying expenditure / defining ROI

12:20 Q & A session

12:30 Close of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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