A Fresher Take on Online Security

For many students across the country (including myself), an exciting new chapter of our life is about to begin as we head off to University. Anticipation builds as the day’s countdown to the infamous “freshers’ week”, and we are constantly reminded of the dangers that...

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A career which failed to launch

In the news this week: ‘NASA Intern loses job after accidental profanity-laced tweet to space council fellow’  In the never-ending series of social-media faux pas affecting an individual’s employment opportunities, the news which broke this week from NASA is perhaps...

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For the Greater Good: OSINT on the Rise

The Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) market has grown significantly in recent years and is anticipated to grow over the forecast period 2018-2023. OSINT’s interoperability across various markets allows clients from all over the world to apply it flexibly. It has been predominantly used in human intelligence…

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Backing the Right Horse

We were lucky enough to have our Neotas Summer party at Sandown races last night (photo below!) and with this came the realisation of the difficulties in backing the right horse. But how can horse racing be linked to the world of investment and due diligence? When the...

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Something fishy…

With my office circling for a blog this week, I decided to bite and to put a different kind of fin in fintech. So here it is, a blog that I can really get my teeth into. No fin can stop me now. Oh this is about to be so bad... This week is Shark Week and while it...

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Know Your Islanders

After 2 months of grafting, heart break, doing bits, questionable loyalty and copious amounts of sun burn, Love Island is now drawing to a close. As the remaining couples fight to reach the final, they remain oblivious to the month-long heat wave, England reaching the...

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Work experience at Neotas

During my work experience, I have learnt a lot about Neotas. You can find far more information than I thought you could on social media and on publicly accessible data. I’ve also learnt that they do investigations on people and companies to check if they are reputable...

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Dark Web Enlightenment

News broke last Friday of the arrest of a senior programmer from Israeli security firm, NSO Group, the company behind the infamous mobile spyware Pegasus. Allegedly faced with termination, he attempted to sell stolen source and development code valued at hundreds of...

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The Solution to Supply Chain Transparency

In February 2017, Michael Endsor of King’s College London demonstrated how Open Sources can be used in investigations into organised crime. In particular, he noted the use of social media in criminal investigations. By studying hashtags on Twitter and Instagram he was...

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The issue with supply chain transparency 

It has been 3 years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in the United Kingdom, and so far it has produced mixed results. Whilst the percentage of businesses unmasking slavery in their supply chains has risen, the act is still struggling to apply serious...

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Neotas wins the World Cup

An England team picked by Neotas would win the football World Cup. It’s a bold claim, I know, but considering recent tournament attempts, you might as well hear us out. England have suffered from a team that never seems to gel. We have had plenty of brilliant players....

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Understanding the Modern Slavery Act

To many, slavery is a problem of the past. The unfortunate truth is that it’s still a global problem. Latest estimates from the UN rank modern slavery as the second-largest criminal activity in the world. In 2015, the UK introduced the Modern Slavery Act. It was the...

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Robbed on and off the pitch

Like much of the world, the Neotas team is eagerly awaiting the kick off to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Millions of fans from countries all around the world will be pouring into Russia to watch thirty-two teams battle it out for the most prized trophy in football....

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Penalties off the post: own goals on social media

In an increasing trend in British football, players are being reprimanded by the press and FA alike for historical activity on social media. In the most recent cases, the dubious online activity of a player has come to light only when they have made the news headlines...

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A global problem: slavery in supply chains

Since before Neotas was Neotas, social responsibility has been central to our team. As such, we’ve developed relationships with several charities and volunteer groups. Of note, is our relationship with STOP THE TRAFFIK; a coalition which aims to bring an end to human...

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Sprinting Against the Criminals

Ten days after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the United Kingdom held their 5th TechSprint at Canary Wharf, Jenni reflects on our involvement and the potential exciting industry defining moments that occurred during the event.

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Is RegTech disruptive?

‘Trust is the currency of the future’, said Stuart Lacey, founder of Trunomi, at the ‘Let’s talk about RegTech’ event at Rise last night. The panel discussion centred on RegTech’s place in the world, how regulators function, and meeting the challenges posed by...

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Neotas

Last week was mental health week. Analyst Anna reflects on mental health online: Social media’s impact on mental health is ever evolving as the stigma surrounding the topic crumbles. This creates a cycle where more people feel comfortable talking about mental health...

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The cost of doing nothing

The National Crime Agency released their National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime recently, and they found that Fraud continues to be the most common form of crime in the UK, with over 3.4 million incidents recorded in the last financial year. The...

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P@s$w0rd5!

In an ironic twist of fate, Thursday’s “World Password Day” was marked with the news that the passwords for all Twitter users globally had the potential to be exposed after a glitch in the company’s encryption process. Breaches of online accounts and the leaking of...

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Schrödinger’s Personality Traits

In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger stated that a cat, placed in a sealed box with a jar of poison, is thought to be both alive and dead. Only once the box is opened does the scientist know whether they have a healthy living cat or a lifeless corpse.  Imagine each recruit to a...

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A Diet of Coffee and Cocaine

(Image from Shutterstock) For the most part, due-diligence consists of checks against databases (Criminal records, Credit checks, Sanctions lists etc.). This form of structured information is only half the picture. Our innovative method of conducting enhanced...

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Entering the world of OSINT

Last Friday marked the end of my second week as the newest member of the analyst team at Neotas. We use open-source intelligence (OSINT) to give businesses peace of mind about prospective investments and hires by going far beyond standard due diligence checks. As a...

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Are you Fit and Proper?

If you’ve read our previous blog about the real cost of a bad hire then you will know that when you fail to screen your employees properly you are putting your business at risk. But what about the Senior Management in your company? In March 2016 the FCA replaced the...

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The Bystander Broadcast

The recent Florida High School tragedy has caught public attention in many ways. In my view, one of the most profound elements of the event was the way it was initially reported to the public. School children filmed the incident on Snapchat thinking it was a hoax or...

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Free private information give away!

Most of us are aware that if our social media privacy settings are not quite adequate, then our lives are open for all to see; whether it’s that drunken photo of you at university, the staff night out two years ago or maybe the questionable video of you dancing at...

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