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GardaWorld, the Canadian security services contractor, has launched a 2020 Travel Security Risk Map and Report; besides its 2020 Kidnap and Maritime Piracy Threat Forecast Map and Global Overview Report.

Gregoire Pinton, GardaWorld’s Senior Vice President and Global Head for GardaWorld’s travel security, said: “These two much-anticipated risk maps feature risk ratings and expert analyses for more than 200 countries—including the most dangerous places in the world. We hope these complimentary GardaWorld risk management resources will help large corporations, emerging businesses and individuals travel and operate safely around this constantly changing world.”

The travel report details key travel risks, including social and political unrest, natural disasters, and health issues. This resource highlights the six countries that are considered the hotspots for special risks in 2020, with accompanying analyses. The document includes a colour-coded map to highlight security risk levels for more than 200 countries. Burkina Faso, Iraq, Hong Kong, Mexico, Lebanon and Myanmar are considered the countries with the highest risk to businesses and travel in 2020 due to terrorism, political tension, civil unrest and violence by armed groups. The report is based on open source intelligence, locally sourced human intelligence and regional analysis, by NYA, a UK-based crisis management consulting firm, and Drum Cussac, a risk tracking and travel security services company.

And the kidnap and maritime piracy report highlights five countries; Mexico, Libya and Iraq top the list for the highest kidnap for ransom threat rating, whilst the Philippines, Somalia and Malaysia face an increased threat of maritime piracy. This document equally offers a colour-coded map, to identify risk levels.

Alex Kemp, Managing Director, NYA, a GardaWorld Company said: “Our 2020 Threat Forecast has been informed by comprehensive kidnap data and threat forecasting provided by IHS Markit in collaboration with NYA methodology and terminology. Each location’s threat rating takes into account incident frequency, level of violence, perpetrator capability and motivations and the effectiveness of security forces and the rule of law. We respond to over 130 cases each year which gives us a unique insight into the threats faced by organisations every day throughout the world. This map provides a useful indicator of kidnap and piracy risks around the world and our global team remains committed to helping organisations understand the threats to their people, information, property and reputation.”


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