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Open Source Intelligence and Investigative routes

  • 02 May 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Pinsent Masons LLP 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2FG
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Open Source Intelligence and

Investigative routes

Wednesday 2 May 2018 – 8.30am to 11.30am

Hosted by Pinsent Masons LLP

55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2FG



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Welcome & introduction



Kirsty Kelly and Alex Balcombe, Tempest SI – ‘Open Source Intelligence in an hour’






David Kearns, Expert Investigations Group - ‘Investigative routes to follow post intelligence’



Questions to the speakers






Kirsty Kelly, Intelligence Services Lead, Tempest SI

With over a decade of experience working across the fields of fraud, financial crime, risk management and intelligence Kirsty is Tempest’s Intelligence Services lead. Tasked with developing new and innovative means to deliver intelligence analysis and products to our commercial clients Kirsty is adapting our managed services to the ever changing and demanding digital threat environment. She is the driving force behind our efforts to standardise analyst tradecraft and professional skills and is also responsible for managing all of our operational client relationships.

Alex Balcombe, Business Development Lead, Tempest SI

Alex has an Information Technology and Networks background with recent exposure to the specialised security solutions and operations environment. He has been prominent in advising a range of public and private sector organisations on their cyber security posture and strategy, helping them to forge the right policies and practice for their teams as well as identifying appropriate solutions to mitigate their threat exposure. Often working with clients, including retail, Government and financial services, who faced daily attacks, Alex has joined Tempest Security Intelligence to continue building strong industry relationships and to support our long-term growth plans and business strategy. He currently oversees Tempests International Business Development Programme that includes Anti-Phishing Simulation - Education and Awareness, Threat Intelligence, Penetration Testing and Online Fraud Prevention for e-commerce and digital banking.

David Kearns, Managing Director, Expert Investigations Group

One of the country’s leading experts on combatting employee dishonesty, commercial investigations and covert methods of evidence gathering. After 13 ½ years in the police service, where David specialised in field intelligence, he established Expert Investigations Group 18 years ago. 

David is regarded by many in the legal and commercial sectors as the go to person when seeking a resolution to their issues. He has made it his mission to educate organisations on where their employees will be dishonest, the tell-tale signs of it occurring and how they can detect, disrupt or prevent their activities. David’s work has led to the imprisonment and conviction of dishonest employees. 

David is often found commenting on national and local radio, television and specialist publications. He is also a technical adviser for the BBC TV production team and has conducted academic studies in the field.

David regularly delivers presentations to organisations such as CIFAS, Institute of Credit Management, CIPD, Institute of Directors and uses his online presence to educate employers and the legal sector as to how tackling dishonest employees can not only ease a financial burden, but avoid a PR upset for companies.

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