Detect Threats on Social Media

Detecting a Direct Threat to the President of an Educational Institution

A security team of an institution of higher learning identifies a threat to the President of the institution on a social media platform. The team begins to vet the threat by taking a deeper dive into the account from which the threat was posted. With DigitalStakeout, the team identified five other social media platforms with accounts similar to the account where the threat originated. Through additional review, the team observed similar threats on three of the other social media platforms. With the increase in identified threats and fearing the physical safety to the President, the team coordinated an immediate response strategy to increase protection for the President.

Monitoring for Additional Social Media Threats

Using DigitalStakeout Scout, the institution implemented persistent monitoring of social, deep and dark web data channels for any threats that correlated to the President’s personal information such as name, organization, title and address. This was done with DigitalStakeout Scout Keyword Monitor.

Security Team Detects a Direct Threat With DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout detected five additional social media platforms with accounts similar to the account from which the physical threat originated. Three of the five accounts had similar threats to the original. This unified visibility was critical to understanding the criticality of the situation. Detecting threatening content from multiple sources impacted the team’s threat assessment and understanding the dangerousness of the situation.

Threat Detection Warrants Action to Increase Physical Security

Based on the severity of the content discovered, the security team developed an immediate response strategy to increase protection for the President and coordinated with appropriate authorities. In this situation, a digital discovery was used to change the physical security posture of the targeted individual and mitigate a potentially tragic outcome.