Survey Research on the Professional Identity of Security Risk Intelligence Analysts in the Private Sector

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I would like to invite H-Intel members to promote participation in my research among their students and other private sector intelligence and security risk intelligence analysts. This study, as part of my Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth, U.K, investigates the "Professional Identity of Security Risk and Intelligence Analysts in the Private Sector,” taking an international perspective.


The study's first phase, an anonymous survey, can be accessed at until 31 January 2019, after which I will start with the second phase of interviewing.  


What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to collect information about how Security Risk Intelligence Analysis practitioners, across different organisational contexts and national boundaries, construct their individual and collective professional identity in their quest to make a meaningful contribution to society.  The study aims to understand how Security Risk Intelligence Analysts create, negotiate and establish their professional identity in the private sector.  


Why is this important?
The study of Professional Identity is important because it explains the direction of the development and establishment of a profession and the factors that help to shape it. This study will, for the first time, give the Security Risk Intelligence Analysts in the private sector the opportunity to tell how they perceive their professional roles, overcome challenges they face, strengthen their motivation to remain in this specific career, and express their collective ‘belonging’ to an emerging, atypical profession.


Who can participate?  
The ideal participants in the study would be analysts and/or their managers who are currently working in the private or non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector with the job titles of security risk or threat analyst, crime analyst, crime intelligence analyst, research specialist, political risk analyst, cyber threat analyst, intelligence manager, security risk manager etc.  Their place of employment should be outside the government, and more specifically they should be employed by any of the following:

  • A private security company with its own security risk analysis capacity;
  • A security/intelligence/risk unit in a company/multinational corporation whose core business is not security;
  • A private company which provides security risk and threat intelligence consulting services to external clients, including the private sector or government agencies. This would therefore also include contractors working in situ at government departments/agencies;
  • A non-governmental organisation with its own security risk analysis capacity;
  • An intergovernmental organisation with its own security risk analysis capacity, or
  • A researcher in academia/institutions/foundations/think tanks whose primary function is to provide security risk analysis and advice to external clients. 

Is this anonymous?  

Yes! No IP addresses are captured by the academic survey service, JISC Online Surveys, which Portsmouth University uses for this purpose. There are no risks for the participants or the organisations to which they belong. None of the questions are of a sensitive nature or address issues that might be regarded as confidential. Only those who wish to participate in the later phase of interviewing will be asked to send the researcher an email.


How do you participate?

The survey can be accessed at until 31 January 2019.


You can find more information on my research at

Dalene Duvenage

Pretoria, South Africa

Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management candidate

Portsmouth University, UK

Mobile: +27-82-413-1922