Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Manuals (CIA and NGO)

Today is midweek manual day, and here's a quick selection of interesting manuals to read.

At the top of the list is the CIA's Psychology of Intelligence Analysis by Richards J. Heuer. This is a must read if you're into critical thinking and the inner game of security. It covers information gathering, analysis and the various biases that can creep in and influence decisions. The content presented in this manual should be taught in every introductory humanitarian security course.

Next up, Charlie writes in with some links to a few humanitarian security manuals and resources:

(A few of these may seem familiar, but it's good to mention again for new blog readers.)

Cyber attacks on NGOs

Maarten Van Horenbeek is a computer security researcher who is studying cyber attacks launched against humanitarian organizations (he wrote the article recently mentioned in this blog on electronic attacks against pro-Tibetan groups).

If you suspect your organization has been targeted, or you know of an organization that has, Maarten would like to hear from you. He's interested in attack methodologies and can help with analysis. (It's important to note that at times these attacks may not appear to be direct, and can easily be mistaken for a random virus or generic hacker activity).

Contact Maarten at: maarten @