While the cyber skills of jihadists are often limited, the reach and impact of their physical incidents is, unfortunately, wide and well known. However, these actors have long blurred the lines between the cyber and physical realms, using the internet to communicate, coordinate, and motivate. Alex Kassirer explains why synergy between physical security and cybersecurity teams is crucial to mitigate the hybrid risk posed by jihadists, particularly as it pertains to brand reputation, terror financing, execution protection, and insider threats.
Alex Kassirer is director of counterterrorism at Flashpoint and an on-air analyst for NBC. She has assisted law enforcement and intelligence agencies in terrorism investigations and prosecutions and consults private sector organizations on both physical and cybersecurity. Alex is a regular speaker on monitoring and addressing the threat that stems from jihadists. She holds an MS in global affairs with a concentration in transnational security from New York University and BA in international affairs with a concentration in conflict and security and a minor in religion from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she also studied Arabic.
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