A team of 67 analysts from Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the U.S., was tasked with using open source intelligence to assist security operations for Super Bowl 50 by the Santa Clara Police Department. Having previously partnered with Silobreaker for education and training purposes in their classes, Norwich knew that that the service’s suite of data collection and analysis tools were ideally suited to the task.
Through Silobreaker, Norwich University’s analysts worked to identify and monitor threats before and during SB50. The team collected and analysed open source intelligence related to personnel for both teams, ranging from players and executives to VIP guests, as well as monitoring information related to physical venues and assets, local criminal activity, protests and other instabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Silobreaker proved a valuable asset in several instances including the identification of an Uber driver protest and providing intelligence that led to the arrest of a prankster just moments before his planned pitch invasion. Had the pitch invasion been successful, it is estimated it would have cost the NFL around $167,000 for each second the individual was on the Levi’s Stadium pitch.
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