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AIRIP Welcomes Three New Board Members

Posted By Rachel Bode, Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP) is pleased to welcome Alan Orlob, Charles Randolph and Dawn Scalici to AIRIP’s board. They join our current board members, Paul Florence, Jessica Hern, Linda Millis and Meredith Wilson. As a group, the board oversees AIRIP’s finances, sets strategic direction, consults on new and on-going initiatives, sets organization governance plans, and act as ambassadors for the organization.


Serving on a non-profit board is a time commitment, and we are thankful for their support as we move into AIRIP’s second year. These board members, elected by the current AIRIP board, will serve AIRIP at a time of growth and change for the organization. They will attend their first board meeting in August, and we use that time to begin planning the next stages of growth for the organization, as well as check-in on some current initiatives. They will get the opportunity to see these initiatives into fruition as they serve a three-year term.


We are excited for the possibilities that leadership growth can bring to AIRIP, including membership growth, increased visibility, online community engagement, event attendance, and more.


Full board member bios are available on our new AIRIP Leadership page!


AIRIP Board Members:

Paul Florence, Vice President, Concentric Advisors

Jessica Hern, Global Intelligence Manager, St. Jude Medical

Linda Millis, Executive Director, The Daniel Morgan Academy

Alan Orlob, Vice President Global Safety and Security, Marriott International

Charles Randolph, Senior Director Executive Protection, Event  Security and Intelligence, Microsoft

Dawn Scalici, Government Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters

Meredith Wilson, Founder and CEO, Emergent Risk International

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To Share or Not to Share

Posted By Rachel Bode, Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Information Sharing as a Force Multiplier in Risk Intelligence Programs

Intelligence analysts in the private sector often function as a team of one. Information sharing groups have been a tremendous force multiplier for single analysts and small teams in the industry. So while teams of one intelligence analyst are less and less common, the need for information sharing and benchmarking remains. Governments have teams across agencies focusing on issues and sub-sets of issues, or whole countries down to very specific geographic areas. But an analyst in a private sector organization could be expected to produce analysis on macroeconomic impact of the Brexit one day, security conditions affecting facilities in a high threat security environment the next, and the reputation impact of a cyber breach the third.

Arian Avila, Director of Intelligence and Analysis for Bank of America’s Global Security team, and Corey Vitello, Senior Director of Global Safety and Security at Visa, explore Information Sharing in AIRIP’s first white paper.

  • Did you know there are example charters, and multiple group protocols to choose from?
  • What internal stakeholders should sign off on participation? Will you need to clear each information sharing exchange, or does clearance for participation in a group mean that any information can be shared over a period of time?
  • What will happen to information you share with other organizations? Will they protect your information?
  • What does the information sharing process look like?
  • How do you know what you can share outside your organization?
  • How do you, or can you, share with competitors?

Ms. Avila and Mr. Vitello outline these and other potential concerns for you to consider as you look at joining an information sharing group.

To Share or Not to Share      


AIRIP’s member portal has great information sharing capabilities, with discussion forums and common interest groups, as well as a knowledge library. There are also many informal information sharing groups within the private sector intelligence space. As a current and alumni member of these organizations, I can vouch for their trust and authenticity, as well as the value they have provided to my intelligence practice. I encourage you to read our white paper, and then consider using AIRIP as your information sharing platform, joining one of the other information sharing networks already in place, or starting your own. 

This White Paper is available to AIRIP Members via our member portal. To view the white paper, we invite you to Join AIRIP!

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Posted By Rachel Bode | AIRIP CEO, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Introducing AIRIP

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


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