The human being behind the Intelligence

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode, we discover the human brain behind Intel: Matthias Wilson, Senior Intelligence Analyst and Trainer at government level, guides us through the fascinating and multi-faceted world of Intelligence

19 Giu 2019

I had the pleasure to chat with Matthias Wilson, a super-smart guy having a senior intelligence and military background for civilian, government, corporate and law enforcement services. He is one of the major experts in multiple types of Intelligence a.k.a. the strange acronyms you often stumble across without being able to decode them (perhaps) – OSINT, HUMINT, GEOINT, SIGINT. Keep on listening to learn more!

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Do you really think there’s just one type of Intelligence?

He is skilled at combining different types of Intelligence collections methods in order to leverage another type of information gathering, putting it all together to support businesses in fraud investigation and due diligence, as well as reporting critical information to governmental authorities to protect both the German army and nation. Nice!

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We covered a broad range of subjects, including the level of sophistication of German intelligence, the German law on HUMINT and data protection, and the importance of understanding financial accounting and forensics for corporate purposes.

Particularly, I could learn the major tech- and policy-wise shifts in intel information collection (to discover if now it’s all about HUMINT or OSINT, you know what to do). As for OSINT – ok here I can say that: Open Source Intelligence – we explored the role of some of the major communities, such as bellingcat, and their collaboration with intel agencies as for criminal activities detection and prevention. Interesting use, isn’t it?

Finally, all social media and online platforms addicted will be interested in learning that different cultures do a different use of social networks… find out how!

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There is a longstanding and distinct disconnect between the way information is packaged and presented to the public and the effectiveness of this presentation in terms of generating informed, considered debate.

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Nick is someone who, in many senses, is just like you: a human being trying to make sense of this existence of ours as we hurtle around a ball of gas in a sea of infinite eternity. More relevant though are his vacillations in the world amongst diverse countries and environments, collaborating, negotiating, elaborating and celebrating with fascinating people from all walks of life including politics, technology, activism, military and intelligence the world over.

He brings this unique breadth of perspective to the table and has a dogged interest in pursuing the human story behind the title or policy, appreciating the fact that underneath all of our bravado, political correctness and dichotomous states of creation and destruction, we are, after all, merely mortals trying to make the best of it.


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