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Employee Preparedness

Newrisk Limited can assist clients by preparing their employees to respond to major incidents and disruption events and assisting employees to adjust to a post incident environment.

Employee preparedness exercises may take the form of employee shelter and evacuation exercises, self-protection lectures and workshops as well as post incident advice. Recent work on employee preparedness has included post Fukushima advisory work to enable employees to self-protect against radiation and other perceived risks.

Since 9/11, Newrisk Limited's principal adviser, Dr Leivesley, has made extensive comments in the media about the preparedness of employees in the workforce for terror threats including vehicle borne explosive devices, suicide bombing and CBRN*, as well as from natural disasters (such as pandemics). Northern Ireland terrorist threats and international terrorism as well as home grown and self-radicalised terrorism have also been the subject of media commentary.

Dr Leivesley has provided media commentary on the risk of recruitment of personnel from the workforce, particularly in relation to critical infrastructure such as rail and aviation. She has also exercised and prepared training manuals for hazardous industry organisations, including dangerous goods carriage by rail, power stations, control room personnel in rail and power industries, evacuation from tall buildings, ship loading of fuel and the security of laboratory personnel.

For previous lectures, conference papers and publications on employee preparedness, please click here.

To request employee preparedness assistance, please contact Newrisk Limited directly.

* CBRN = Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.


Sally Leivesley



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  • Cyber Threats
In response to the Paris & Brussels attacks, Newrisk Ltd has become part of The Exercise Group7. The TEG7 LLP is a dynamic team drawn from cyber & former special defence fields to exercise organisations & governments on emerging terror threats.  The TEG7 profile can be seen at www.teg7.co.uk.  The level of casualties from shooting attacks (as with the Bataclan (France) in 2015; Brussels airport (Belgium), Ataturk airport (Turkey), Nice beach (France) & Berlin Christmas Market (Germany) in 2016; & La Reina Nightclub (Turkey) in 2017) are the result of military style incursions by terrorists determined to maximise casualties.  Home grown terror threats are increasing in many countries - the New York & New Jersey bombs found in 2016 & the numerous disrupted plots in the UK, Germany & France - indicate serious changes in terror capability which may be made more dynamic as ISIS fighters return to their home countries.

Cyber threats are changing from loss of data & privacy to loss of control of business systems & more seriously reconnaissance attacks on critical infrastructure including energy grids.  The fragility of highly connected systems will become more serious in 2017 with open system dependencies (driven by business innovation).   Degraded capacity operations will become essential if persistent attacks affect critical infrastructure.  Exploiting cyber weaknesses are (i) criminals with ransomware & (ii) nation states aiming to disrupt, deter or signal capability against target countries.  The Ukraine power attacks remain a lesson for critical infrastructure losses.  Aviation remains the industry ‘canary’ for cyber failures & cyber forensics must evolve to close open investigations (as in the case of MH370).