Open Briefing supports at-risk organisations and activists on the frontlines of civil society around the world. We help them achieve social and environmental change by ensuring their physical, digital and psychological security or through enhancing their campaigns with intelligence and research support. Please consider making a donation to Open Briefing today. Help us protect those who protect others.
As a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to assisting those on the frontlines of civil society, we are always seeking ways to make our services more accessible for high-risk/low-capacity organisations and individuals. As such, we are delighted to announce that we are able to reduce the cost of our flagship Personal Security in Hostile Environments course by over £500 per person!
NGOs are increasingly using GPS trackers to monitor the location and status of their staff in the field. When used correctly, trackers can help an organisation meet its duty of care obligations and provide staff in the field with a lifeline in the event of a security incident, such as a kidnapping. However, to work as intended, the right GPS tracker, secure tracking platform and monitoring and response must all be used together. If one side of this ‘tracking triangle’ is missing or inappropriate, then trackers will provide nothing more than the illusion of security.
On Time to Talk Day, Open Briefing is launching a range of new mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) services as part of our mission to protect and strengthen civil society. This includes training in psychological first aid and advice on establishing peer support networks and writing family liaison and staff wellbeing policies, for example.
The 2018 dates for our flagship Level 3 Award in Personal Security in Hostile Environments (HEAT/HEFAT) training course for NGOs are now available.
As the Christmas break draws near, our executive director thanks all our friends and supporters for all your hard work and encouragement this year and takes the opportunity to reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018. We hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year!
Private security companies are in the news again this week with revalations that several large companies have used private intelligence firms to monitor campaign groups. What is surprising is the rumours that numerous well-known NGOs and charities are making use of multinational private companies for their security risk management. Open Briefing has long been uncomfortable with this situation.
Due to an increase in the number of enquiries Open Briefing is receiving about cyber security from human rights organisations and other NGOs, we urgently need to recruit highly-experienced cyber security consultants to help organisations ensure the secure storage and transfer of sensitive digital information and secure communications.