THE CHALLENGE: Keeping Campuses and Students Safe
More than 108,000 reports of criminal offenses, hate crimes, violence against women and arrests were reported to the Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Department in 2017. A study by the Citizen’s Crime Commission found 30 incidents of shootings on college campuses for the 2015-2016 school year. And, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age students, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Keeping campuses and students safe is a monumental task for administration, faculty and security personnel. And, while the Internet, social media and online activities are often cited as a challenge in this endeavor, they also can be a critical tool in predicting and preventing risk, especially for college-age students who publicly share significant amounts of personal information online.
For instance, studies show that eight out of ten people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. And, according to research published in the journals Crisis and The American Journal of Public Health, real-time monitoring of online behavior can be a viable tool for assessing suicide risk factors on a large scale. This research also concludes that social media provides a channel that may allow others to intervene following an expression of suicidal thoughts online.
The statistics are similar for school-based violence. The Secret Service and the Department of Education, found that in school-based violence, concerning behavior was exhibited prior to the attack 93% of the time. Even more alarming, the study found that in 80% of the incidents at least one other person had prior knowledge, and more than one person had prior knowledge almost 60% of the time.
Open Source Intelligence (OS-INT)
is a deep-web listening tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess and prioritize risk.
OS-INT scours publicly available data across the entire Internet, correlating names entered into the system with content related to 20 different risk factors, known as Behavioral Affinity Models (BAMs), and cross-referenced with more than 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk.
Searches provide near-instant results, delivering meaningful, actionable intelligence to identify and prevent risk.
Human Intelligence’s (HUM-INT) is powered by the S4 app, a crowd-sourced, mobile application that allows users to confidentially report concerns in real time.
HUM-INT can be configured as a workplace tool, allowing employees to submit information related to potential risks. A centralized management portal allows clients to access real-time threats to geo-fenced locations.
THE SOLUTION: Radiance as a Tool for Risk Assessment, Early Identification and Prevention
OS-INT, NET-INT and HUM-INT are a powerful tools that work in combination to help schools predict and prevent tragedy on campus.
OS-INT’s education bundles includes almost 9,000 terms related to campus safety. OS-INT performs more than 175,000 searches across the entire web, correlating names with these terms and cross-referencing over 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk. A manual web search of this magnitude would take just over 72 weeks – or 1 year and 3 months – for one person to complete.
Radiance OS-INT pulls all applicable content into a comprehensive report. The results are prioritized, making it easy to further analyze the findings and determine potential risk. The system allows for continuous monitoring and evaluation, mapping previous results against results from more recent queries.
NET-INT’s massive system of data ingestion has the capability to catalog, index and redeploy Internet content related to risk dimensions. The system captures an IP addresses’ pattern of life data, prioritizing anomalous behavior. NET-INT also screens IP addresses associated with an entity or person of interest against all IP addresses displaying anomalous behavior collected over the system’s lifespan. NET-INT’s continuous monitoring of a POI’s Internet research behavior helps predict emergent behavior.
Radiance’s HUM-INT, or S4 app, can be configured as a campus-wide tool, allowing students to submit information related to potential suicidal or other behaviors exhibited by friends and classmates. A centralized management portal allows clients to access real-time threats to geo-fenced facility locations, allowing for timely intervention.
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