On 3rd October, Security Magazine published an article saying that events in the immediate past has elevated issues such as cybersecurity and drones to the top of risk forecasts. These are critical, it argues, but biological threats (or “biothreats”) deserve attention more than ever – and yes, even corporate security professionals should care. The Anthrax attacks of 2001 brought biothreats back to the foreground in the public eye, but nearly 20 years have passed since then, and have since been overshadowed by many kinetic- and cyber-attacks. Hence biothreats have also been low on the list of corporate security priorities because of the very tangible reasons for focusing on concerns such as cybersecurity and drones. The article details why biothreats need more attention, citing numerous recent developments — both natural and man-made — which it says are real causes for worry that security teams need to track. Most worrying is that there is a lack of preparedness – according to the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, a body convened by the World Bank and WHO. The article then provides advice for finance professionals – first, make sure your organisation is prepared; second, get serious on health and medical intelligence; and finally, corporate security professionals should think big and think far when it comes to biological threats in the same way that they currently do about other emerging issues and technological challenges.
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