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  • Sharing of Intelligence – Security Professionals

    The Justice Dennis O'Conner analysis and recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar, has caused many law enforcement, corporate security executives, and intelligence agencies to reflect on their capacity to analyze "raw" or unstructured data. The vital importance of a criminal and intelligence analyst has again been illustrated through the dangerous reliance on information vs. intelligence. As all analytical subject matter experts will state, intelligence is the final product of collection, collation, evaluation, analysis, and dissemination. Until information is evaluated, sourced, and confirmed reliable it should not be counted upon for any judicial process, reasonable grounds, or strategic and tactical planning.

    Unfortunately, with this reminder, we are faced with the reality that the unstructured open source data imperative for analysts to review is too voluminous to handle. Consequently, we must look at technological alternatives that support the role of a criminal and intelligence analyst. There is always an element of risk associated to automation, but considering the alternative of not discovering valuable and relevant facts - the risk is unacceptable. The time necessary to analyze open source data is extensive. The human resources necessary to research raw information are significant. The manual effort to extract and convert unstructured data and input it into a system so it can be indexed and retrieved is unimaginable.

    A solution to the problem of voluminous unstructured data analysis exists today and is within reach of the Canadian intelligence community!

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