AST Digital Magazine July/August 2016 - Page 30

Volume 6 at both the infrastructure and application layers and ISO/IEC 27001 July-Aug 2016 Edition Flashpoint’s New Research Illuminates Jihadists’ Digital Toolbox TASER International TASER International makes communities safer with innovative public safety technologies. Founded in 1993, TASER first transformed law enforcement with its electrical weapons. TASER continues to define smarter policing with its Axon brand which includes a growing suite of connected products and services from body cameras and digital evidence management tools to mobile apps. More than 168,000 lives have been saved from death or serious injury with TASER’s products and services. Researchers Identify 36 Technologies that Facilitate the Online Operations of Radical Jihadist Groups (Image Credit: Flashpoint) Flashpoint, the global leader in Deep & Dark Web data and intelligence, today released a new research report titled Tech for Jihad: Dissecting Jihadists’ Digital Toolbox. This report analyzes the specific tools and mechanisms behind the online presence of jihadist groups such as ISIS to illuminate technology’s role in proliferating these actors’ radical agendas. “In order to both gain popularity among potential supporters and instill fear in their adversaries, jihadists need consistent channels through which they can release propaganda, and technology is crucial for this,” said Laith Alkhouri, a co-author of the report and the Director of Middle East/North Africa Research and a co-founder at Flashpoint. “Jihadists’ reliance on technology for survival is a proven, powerfully motivating force, pushing the community to constantly learn, adapt, and advance through various technological tools.” 30