Flashpoint, a global company involved in actionable intelligence recently announced the acquisition of Echosec Systems, a global provider of open-source intelligence and publicly available information for national security, public safety, and establishment consumers. The company claims that the acquisition of Echosec will greatly expand its open-source intelligence capabilities to develop and enhance on-the-ground situational awareness, executive protection, geopolitical risk assessments, counterterrorism, misinformation and disinformation identification and response, and crisis response capabilities.
“Intelligence practitioners require a converged, user-focused solution that includes insights derived from both open and closed intelligence sources,” says Flashpoint President Donald Saelinger. “Integrating Echosec’s worldwide social media collections, intuitive interface, and industry expertise into Flashpoint will deliver unparalleled value to our customers, to help them best identify and mitigate all types of risk.”
“We’re thrilled to join Flashpoint and unlock a new dimension in OSINT and risk intelligence,” says Echosec Systems CTO Michael Raypold. “Combining Echosec’s usability and geospatial capabilities with Flashpoint’s differentiated intelligence will enable our customers to understand, contextualise, and respond to emerging threats in an information environment spanning social media, technical and attack surface indicators, vulnerabilities and breaches, and deep and dark web sources.”
According to the company, for over a decade, Flashpoint has been a forerunner in delivering an actionable suite of intelligence solutions, derived from publicly available information, chat services, foreign-language forums, criminal marketplaces, paste sites, and illicit communities across the internet. By utilising Echosec’s social media collections and geospatial insights, Flashpoint claims to remarkably expands its capabilities to deliver the world’s most robust combination of data, analytics, and automation across a broad range of security use cases.
Since a lot of intelligence companies are witnessing a revolution in how open-source intelligence can be used to augment cyber and physical security missions around the world. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Echosec is collecting and disseminating mission-critical open-source intelligence in support of such goals. Echosec claims to empower its clients to fill the void between the digital and physical worlds through open-source intelligence and publicly available information, including a comprehensive array of social media and geospatial collections, to protect people, assets, and infrastructure.