Hello! I’m so excited to share the beginnings of a brand new professional association with you. This has been a dream of mine for over five years, and an unexpected job circumstance left me with some time on my hands this spring to finally take this on. After a lot of research, conversations and thought, I’m really proud to introduce you to the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP).
After working in the U.S. federal government intelligence community, and then in the private sector in corporate security departments for two major global corporations, it was clear that there wasn’t a lot of support for intelligence analysts. It’s a lonely field sometimes – just an analyst and his or her sources – and without a strong personal network, the job can be overwhelming and potentially ineffective.
My peers in other corporate security, reputation management, and corporate strategy functions had all sorts of training, certifications, associations and association chapters for their respective fields. I knew there was tremendous work being done within the intelligence community and the private sector. However, due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence profession, the great work they were doing often went unacknowledged. I was aware that some of these risk intelligence professionals had created informal communities to support one another’s work, but the professional development, training, and career path were informal and murky.
The AIRIP Board and I think the time is right for a professional association to elevate Risk Intelligence as a formal career path for the professionals already in the field and the students that aspire to this field of work.
Our mission is to provide a professional association for risk intelligence analysts, with broad goals as follows:
- to support and conduct training for risk intelligence professionals;
- to support educational and informational activities — including conferences,webinars and a certification program — for the profession;
- to provide mentoring and networking opportunities and connections;
- to establish and uphold an ethics standard for the community;
- to promote the common business interest of the risk intelligence community; and
- to provide a forum for publication and discourse by thought leaders in the field.
Over the next few weeks and months, we hope to more formally launch AIRIP with an e-mail and web marketing campaign, outline plans for a fall conference in Washington D.C., publish our ethics standard for the risk intelligence community, introduce you to our leadership team, and start a published dialogue on this blog from experts in intelligence supporting various areas of organizational risk. You’ll also hear more in-depth about our goals outlined above, and hear first about our progress. We also, above all, aim to create awareness of the ability of risk intelligence analysts to facilitate and drive Intelligence leddecisions in business and organizational operations and policy. As time goes on, more and more of our content and benefits will be available only to members.
All this is done with the aim to professionalize careers in risk intelligence and elevate the work that you do in a way that will allow you to move forward and grow in your careers.
Please consider joining and/or donating to AIRIP! As an early member, you’ll be in on the ground floor. Your membership fee in 2015 will go toward initial growth and building our infrastructure. Membership benefits will roll out throughout 2015 and 2016.
I am really looking forward to leading this organization along with our board! Please do not hesitate to reach out via our contact form with ideas and feedback.
–Rachel Bode | AIRIP CEO