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We’re hiring! Digital and information security consultants

Open Briefing is seeking experienced information security consultants to join its growing team. You will be providing digital and information security mentoring and remote accompaniment to human rights defenders and other activists and advocates at risk around the world. You will also be providing consultancy and training to high-profile nonprofit and foundation clients working for rights, justice, and peace. Apply now!

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Resilience is resistance! New wellbeing webinars for advocates and activists

We must address the laudable but unsustainable culture of self sacrifice within environmental and social movements. We can start to view acts of personal resilience as acts of resistance! To encourage this shift, Open Briefing launched on World Mental Health Day a series of free wellbeing webinars for those agitating and advocating for rights and justice.

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Open Briefing is seeking safety and security consultants! [Closed]

Could you be one of our safety and security consultants? The work is fascinating and varied. You will provide safety and security mentoring and remote accompaniment to high-risk defenders, communities, and CSOs, including high-profile activists, such as winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize and Right Livelihood Award. And you will conduct risk assessments, produce security plans, and deliver trainings to our NGO and foundation clients working for rights, justice, and peace.

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A simple approach to protecting your information: Part 2

In the second part of our series on information security, we set out the next step for you to consider: Where is your most valuable and sensitive information? You have to secure that information everywhere it is located across a wide variety of forms, including paper, digital, and mental. If you are unable to locate this information, then you cannot expect to secure it.

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Open Briefing X Riskline: Travel and country risk portal for grantmakers and nonprofits

Open Briefing has partnered with Riskline to provide grantmakers and NGOs a comprehensive travel and country risk portal at exclusive nonprofit rates.


Destination reports 🌎

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and the expertise of experienced analysts, the heart of the portal is regularly-updated reports for more than 225 countries and territories around the world. These detailed threat assessments include an overview of the security and travel safety situation in a country, and detailed analysis of the political, terrorism, conflict, unrest, crime, natural, health, and local transport risks. The reports also include specific safety advice for female and LGBT+ travellers and those dependent on technology and communications during travel.

Country-level reports are enhanced by city safety reports for more than 250 global cities. These reports include city-specific threats and other local knowledge. Both the country- and city-level reports include easy-to-understand risk levels – from 1 Low to 5 Extreme. Reports are regularly updated based on major developments and the overall risk reassessed shortly afterwards. All reports are also reviewed and reissued annually.

Other key features of the risk portal include:

Risk maps 🗺

Country maps help users visualise high-risk areas and recent security and travel alerts, while the city maps illustrate local information and advice down to the street level.

Risk alerts ⚠️

Risk alerts provide concise reports of immediate threats in locations of interest. Each alert contains essential intelligence, practical advice, and precise geographic data about risks to safety or impacts on travel plans. Users can also choose to receive email or in-portal notifications for updates for specific countries or regions of interest.

Risk advisories 📄

Risk advisories are frequently updated and provide detailed assessments of complex local developments, ongoing security situations, and upcoming events, including political and security crises, persisting travel disruptions, and major upcoming events, such as elections.

COVID-19 risk ☣️

Detailed information on local restrictions and entry and exit requirements for 225 countries and territories plus infection risk levels for the country and any cities covered by city safety reports.

Daily Brief 🗞

Full and enterprise plans also include the Daily Brief email, which contains the most-important security and travel updates of the last 24 hours and information on critical events planned for that day.



Grantmakers and nonprofits with an annual turnover of less than £10 million receive an additional 25% discount on the usual plan fees. Plans start at less than £6 per user a month.* All plans are for 12 months and plus VAT for UK clients.

Please contact us for a demo and information on pricing as well as details of how we can help integrate the portal into your risk assessments and travel procedures. More information is also available in our mini site at https://riskline.openbriefing.org/.

* For the Enterprise plan at the community rate. Payable annually.

A simple approach to protecting your information: Part 1

In the first part of our new series on information security, we set out a simple approach to help you archive, back up or destroy a lot of the information that may be causing you concerns. You can then focus your energy (and limited resources) on rolling out appropriate security measures for the most valuable and sensitive information that you work with.

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A guide to insurance for NGOs operating in violent environments

Insurance is an important form of risk management for NGOs that might not be able to bear a significant unplanned financial loss resulting from a security or medical incident in the field. Yet, engaging with brokers and insurers to purchase the right insurance policies can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating process. To help, we have republished our guide from 2018 and included Arabic, German, Spanish, and Portuguese translations kindly provided by the volunteers at Charity Translators.

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