On Security

Creating a Resilient Business in a Risky World

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Dec 10, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Passengers exit an EgyptAir Airbus A-320 sitting on the tarmac of Larnaca airport after it was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on March 29, 2016.

Passengers exit a hijacked EgyptAir plane in March 2016. After seizing control of the Egyptian airliner, the hijacker diverted the plane to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus. 

(GEORGE MICHAEL/AFP via Getty Images)

There is, unfortunately, no such thing as "total security." Every action we do or don't take throughout each day carries some degree of inherent risk. If I decide to go for a run, I could twist my ankle or be hit by a car. But opting not to go on a run may also increase my chances of developing cardiovascular disease. The same principle applies to businesses and organizations. Local criminals, corrupt politicians or trade wars could jeopardize an overseas investment. But forgoing the opportunity altogether may also mean missing out on a large windfall.  We all too often hear cautionary tales about the businesses burned from flying too close to the sun. Yet no company ever made a name for itself by staying on the ground either. Indeed, to live is to risk. And because of this, you can't and shouldn't try to avoid every threat. It is, however, possible...

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