Identifying Hostile Intent: Behavioural Analysis 2019

Border Management Magazine - March 2019

Behavioural Analysis 2019

From 21-23 May 2019 security practitioners, consultants and academics will be gathering at Mall of America, Minneapolis, USA, for Behavioural Analysis 2019. The three-day conference, writes Lucy Rawlings, will explore how the observation of behavioural indicators and utilisation of tactical risk analysis and non-racial profiling techniques can help mitigate the threat posed by those with hostile or criminal intent. 

In the current socio-political climate, those tasked with securing sporting, music and other large-scale entertainment venues as well as mass transportation hubs, tourist attractions, shopping centres, public spaces, national borders and governmental institutions, are required to identify persons with negative intent and respond quickly to prevent an array of attacks or criminal activities from taking place. 

In order to do this, those in the security industry are under pressure to broaden their knowledge and skillset to deal with an array of threats that may be undetectable solely through technology or that may otherwise go unnoticed in large crowds. 

Behavioural Analysis 2019 will offer valuable, practical insight into behavioural analysis techniques used to identify individuals with negative intent and put behavioural analysis, as a security practice, under the microscope to analyse where, when, why and how behaviour detection can best be employed to prevent hostile activities. 

Following the success of Behavioural Analysis 2018, which took place in Cardiff, Wales and brought together almost 150 participants from 30 countries, the second edition of this conference offers an expansive programme comprising operational perspectives and academic insight from a range of industries. 

Delegates will benefit from listening to representatives from; the National Football League (NFL), Airports Council International (ACI), the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the Kinsey Institute, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Hungarian Police, Gatwick Airport, the City of Malmo, the Secure Community Network, Airline Ambassadors International, Super Recognisers International and, of course, Mall of America. 

Additionally, the programme includes academics from Portsmouth University, Edith Cowan University, San Diego State University, Iowa State University, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Renowned international consultants include Michael Rozin, Amir Neeman, Ivor Terret and Sagit Yehoshua.

The first of the event’s exciting keynotes will be delivered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – the host nation’s lead federal agency for criminal investigations – and will present their overview of how behavioural analysis techniques can enhance security at the sites we visit. The second keynote will be delivered by representatives from INTERPOL and will discuss the role for behavioural analysis in securing mega-events, such as the FIFA World Cup, which bring additional security challenges. 

This comprehensive and exciting programme is not to be missed and Behavioural Analysis 2019 is a must-attend conference for those responsive for the security of sports stadia, entertainment venues, outdoor festivals and events, airports, mass transportation hubs, tourist attractions, shopping centres, national borders and governmental institutions. 

For more information about the event, to view the conference and register your place, please visit:

Lucy Rawlings is an employee of Green Light Ltd., a London-based aviation security training and consultancy company, and is the events manager for Behavioural Analysis 2019 and DISPAX World 2019. She previously worked as a consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting, the world’s largest consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises. She holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London. Contact:

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