At Defuse® we specialise in identifying, monitoring, and tackling Unwanted Communications, approaches and problematic people.

Whether a Director of Security for a global brand, managing the security and safety of a prominent person or protecting an event you will want to know what the latest threats are and how to tackle them, resolving disputes and avoiding conflict. Defuse® provides this expertise. 

It is increasingly recognised that the current terror threat has shifted from groups to lone attackers. Understanding their behaviour, being able to identify potential threats and where along the 'Pathway to Violence' they are is crucial to the prevention of a successful attack.

No two stalkers are the same so, whatever the cause of the fixation – rejection, resentment, hatred, or aggression – we employ specialist behavioural analysis and profiling techniques to:
  • Identify the type of perpetrator involved.
  • Understand the specific risks they pose to our client.
  • Deliver tailor-made solutions to mitigate the risks, even when the identity of the stalker is unknown.

Our behavioural analysis and profiling enables use to provide our clients with a very bespoke response to any behaviour or communications of concern.

Protective Intelligence

The investigative and analytical process used to proactively identify, assess, and mitigate threats.

In 2006, British mathematician and Tesco marketing mastermind Clive Humby shouted from the rooftops, “Data is the new oil.” 

How much of your private or commercial date is on the public domain? 

Attitudes change. What was acceptable a few years ago may not be  considered appropriate now and may be reputationally harmful.

Defuse's Digital Audits are conducted by experts, many of whom are former members of British Intelligence or Counter Terrorist policing. If we can't find it, we're pretty confident neither can your adversaries.


Behavioural Analysis & Profiling

Dr Lorraine Sheridan Phd is our resident Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Lorraine is a police accredited and FBI trained offender profiler and compiles psychological reports related to offenders, highlighting the risks posed by known or unknown suspects.

There exist many scenarios where threats can emerge against prominent people, but not all pose a real and present danger. Some threats are communicated only for impact, without the perpetrator intending to carry them through; Others, however, could escalate rapidly if left unchecked.

While even the least viable threats can instil a sense of fear in the target - the effects of which should never be underestimated - it’s crucial to distinguish these from threats that could result in harm being inflicted on the target.

At Defuse®, our behavioural analysis and profiling techniques enable us to identify the most serious threats and obtain vital information about those responsible.

Our profiling enables us to assess:

  • The risks an individual poses.
  • Why a person behaves in a certain way.
  • Identify the behavioural and linguistic Red Flags indicating a threat is escalating.
  • How best to engage and manage any interaction with that individual.
  • The typology of their stalking behaviour.
  • How to reduce any harm posed by or to the individual. 

Stalking, Harassment and Behaviours or Communication of Concern.


Stalking is a pattern of fixated and obsessive behaviour that is persistent, intrusive, and can spark distress and  fears of violence. Unfortunately, it’s commonplace and the consequences can be serious, even for the most resilient: Targets may live in fear, become unable to make simple everyday decisions, and may even retreat from public life.

Stalkers often use the internet to carry out their campaigns of harassment. They can pursue high status targets on social media, making unjustified accusations and threats to inflict maximum reputational harm. 


Harassment includes repeated attempts to impose ‘unwanted communications and contact’ upon someone and which is likely to cause distress or fear in them. It has to be targeted at a person (or a group) and the person harassing is likely to know that they are harassing the other person. (or group). Naturally, they are likely to deny they knew that, so this excuse is removed by the term ‘ought to know’ within the legislation.
 Good evidence of this is that the person being harassed can prove that they have asked that the unwanted communication stops, and it then continues.

Combating cyberstalking and social media defamation

To combat cyberstalking, we have a proven record of working collaboratively with social media providers and law enforcement agencies to effectively isolate and eradicate threats.

With a measured response that harnesses expert critical thinking from globally recognised specialists, we can neutralise the stalking behaviour to provide you and your family with the reassurance that you’re never alone when an obsessive stalker is determined to target you.



next steps

If you are experiencing abuse on social media or are concerned about yours or your family’s security as a result of fixated behaviour – online or offline – take action today by calling Defuse®. With a range of effective cybersecurity and reputational management strategies available, we have the skills and experience to resolve and end the abusive situation.