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Intelligence Operations

Learn how to detect and neutralise attempts at cultivation and recruitment.


3 hours


USD 285

Next Workshop

Fri, 18 Oct 2024

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Workshop Details

If you are in a role where you have access to sensitive information, and you travel to autocratic countries, there’s a risk that you may be targeted by that country’s intelligence services.

Attempts to gather information from you may appear innocuous or even clumsy at times. Assuming of course that you realise what’s going on. Sometimes, for a range of reasons, you won’t realise what is happening until it’s too late.

If you allow these activities to continue, you may place yourself in a situation where you’ll be unable to extract yourself. You may even place yourself at risk.

This workshop will lift the veil on how intelligence services target travellers, why you might be targeted, how they will assess your vulnerabilities, and how they may go about cultivating and recruiting you.

We’ll dispel some of the myths surrounding intelligence operations, enabling you to take a balanced approach that won’t place you in danger, either abroad or once back at home.

What you will learn

During the Intelligence Operations workshop you will learn:

  • Why intelligence agencies may target foreign travellers
  • How intelligence agencies select their targets
  • What factors make you vulnerable for targeting and recruitment, and how to minimise those vulnerabilities
  • How to identify attempts at cultivation
  • How to respond if you believe you’re being targeted

Ideal attendees

This workshop is ideal for people who frequently travel to higher-risk countries, such as:

  • Business travellers
  • Non-government organisation workers
  • Journalists
  • Security specialists

This workshop is particularly relevant for people in sensitive roles, including in fields such as artificial intelligence, semiconductors, robotics, and industrial automation.


San Francisco: 08:00 | New York: 11:00 | London: 16:00 | Singapore: 00:00


We recommend participants attend the Working Under Surveillance workshop before attending this workshop.

Further learning

There are no specific recommendations for subsequent workshops.


Want to run this workshop for your organisation? Please reach out so we can learn more about your requirements.

Meet your instructor

Your instructor for the Intelligence Operations workshop - Grant Rayner - has 35 years of security experience in government, corporate security and security consulting roles. He has supported clients during various traveller emergencies, including major natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, and armed conflict. His extensive travels have taken him to diverse countries such as Syria, Somalia, Lebanon, Pakistan, and many other interesting locations.

He is the author of The Guide to Travelling in Higher-Risk Environments and the The Field Guide Series, and has written multiple articles on travel security.

Additional details

Training format

All workshops are conducted over Zoom. Detailed instructions for setting up Zoom will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Our informal training format encourages questions and fosters knowledge sharing amongst peers. The workshop format allows plenty of time for discussions and questions.

Group size

To ensure an optimal learning experience, we limit the number of workshop participants to between 6 and 12 people. If the workshop is undersubscribed, we may need to cancel. If the workshop is oversubscribed, we'll consider running an additional session.


The workshop will be delivered in English and any supporting materials will also be in English.


There is no assessment for this workshop.

Pre-workshop questionnaire

We'll send all participants a short questionnaire one week before the workshop. We'll use your responses to this questionnaire to get to know you a little better, to understand your motivations for attending the workshop, and to understand what you're hoping to gain from attending the workshop.

Workshop resources

Participants will have access to a set of workshop notes before the workshop.

We'll also set up a workshop workspace which participants will be able to access.

Participants will be able to continue to access these resources after the workshop.

We also encourage participants to take their own notes during the workshop.

Post-workshop feedback questionnaire

After each workshop, we'll you the link to a workshop feedback questionnaire. Your feedback will help us to improve the quality of our workshops.

Post-workshop support

We can offer limited post-workshop support to participants. This support may include follow-up consultations or email support, to address any questions or concerns that may arise after the workshop. This additional support can help reinforce the lessons learned and ensure the successful application of workshop concepts in real-life scenarios.


We require payment in full to secure a place in the workshop.

Payment is made via Stripe.

You will be provided a receipt by email.

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