Local markets in Homs, Syria. 2020.

In this article, I’m going to focus on one of the most valuable enablers in higher-risk locations — trusted local support networks. The impetus for this article comes from the work I’ve been doing over the last month, supporting vulnerable groups move out of Afghanistan. …


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Like a host of other people in different parts of the world, I’ve been working day and night over the past few weeks to assist organisations to plan and execute the evacuation of at-risk Afghan individuals and groups from Afghanistan.

The constraints?

  1. Don’t engage in human trafficking (moving people illegally…


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Like many of you, I’ve been closely following the situation in Afghanistan. There’s a lot to be concerned about, but an immediate concern is the risk of reprisals against local Afghans who have worked for foreign organisations (governments, military forces, companies or NGOs). While evacuations continue, with the Taliban controlling…


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This is the third of several articles where I’ll be sharing a few lessons learned relating to physical intrusion testing.

In the , I provide some background and context, and discuss the importance of modelling a specific threat for an intrusion test. …


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This is the second of several articles where I’ll be sharing a few lessons learned relating to physical intrusion testing.

In the , I provide some background and context, and discuss the importance of modelling a specific threat for an intrusion test.

In this article, I’m going to focus…


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Over the last few years, there’s been an uptake in demand for physical intrusion testing. An increase in the number of organisations wanting to evaluate their security is positive and should be welcome news. Physical intrusion tests are an excellent technique for identifying and fixing security vulnerabilities.

At least, they…


Practical and actionable techniques you and your organisation can apply to protect information when operating in higher-risk environments.

“Sir, this way please. Yes, yes, over here. Do you have a phone? Please show me. Unlock your phone. Is this your messages app? Show me your messages. Who is this person…


Reminiscing on a short climbing adventure in the NZ alps.

The South Face of Douglas Peak

Over the last week, I’ve been delving into my photo archives for a project I’m working on. In the process I came across some great photos from a climb I did in 2010. Almost 11 years ago! It seems like…


What to focus on when planning and executing evacuations from non-permissive environments.

Aleppo, Syria. 2020.

I’m in the final stages of editing a new book — The Security Evacuation Handbook Volume II: Decision-Making and Execution. This handbook is the follow up to , which focused on fundamentals and planning.

Both of these…


Khing Hnin Wai not putting in place emergency communications protocols as the coup kicked off.

How to protect yourself and your team during (and after) a coup.

On 1 February 2021, the Tatmadaw executed a coup in Myanmar, thoughtlessly ruining (while also making her famous). We live in strange times.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to…

Grant Rayner

Founder, Spartan9.

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