The Soufan Group

Founding Year: 2005

Staff: 13


A global intelligence and security consultancy that identifies, assesses, and operates in high-risk, high-opportunity environments.  Staffed by decorated and experienced officers from the intelligence sector (FBI, CIA, MI5, MI6), the military, law enforcement, and government, with firmly rooted relationships in these agencies and services—and across international, federal, state, and local governance. The founder, Ali Soufan, a Lebanese-American who served in the FBI, received the Kennedy Award for meritorious public service in 2018. Soufan is the author of the newly released Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State.  His New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda was recognized with the Ridenhour Book Prize in 2012.

Of greatest interest to the Guide are the Group’s intelligence services, including:

  •  Geo-political risk analysis, e.g., investigating and mapping of the organized crime/terrorism nexus in North Africa and the Sahel for a multinational organization
  • Cyber Risk assessments, e.g., for a high-profile nonprofit compromised by an extremist organization that gained access to its online platform to manipulate, vandalize, and destroy content.

The Soufan Group contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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