Control Risks

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Control Risks
Professional Services
United Kingdom[1]
Number of locations
36 offices across the globe
ProductsProfessional Services

Control Risks is a global risk and strategic consulting firm specialising in political, security and integrity risk. Operating from 36 offices, the company’s primary services include anti-corruption audits, consultancy and training, eDiscovery, political risk analysis and a broad range of security and crisis management support.[2]


Control Risks was formed in 1975, as a professional adviser to the insurance industry. As a subsidiary of insurance broker Hogg Robinson, Control Risks aimed to minimize their exposure to kidnap and ransom payouts. The company expanded its capabilities when these crisis management and incident response specialists were joined by political and security risk analysts, before becoming independent in 1982 following a management buyout.[2]

Control Risks formed a joint venture with International SOS in 2008, and through this partnership provides travel security services and advice to clients’ business travelers and expatriate employees.[3] In 2010, Control Risks launched an eDiscovery offering to support organisations with complex, multinational litigation issues.[4]

The company has continued to expand and has 3,000 employees, operating from 36 offices and with a presence in more than 100 countries and cities including; Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Baghdad, Beijing, Berlin, Bogotá, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Islamabad, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kabul, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Nairobi, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington, DC.[5]


Control Risks' consultancy support is broken down into four core risk areas: integrity, security, political and cyber.

Integrity risk[edit]

Services provided include design and delivery of corruption prevention programs, undertaking transaction related due diligence and agent screening, managing whistle blower hotlines and conducting investigations into allegations of impropriety.

Political risk[edit]

A team of political risk analysts provides assessment of how political risk issues impact business at the global, regional and country level through bespoke client report work and the subscription services Country Risk Forecast and PRIME.

Security risk[edit]

Services provided include threat assessment, embedded consultancy, security design, travel security and executive protection and emergency crisis management and incident response.

Cyber risk[edit]

Services provided include Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI),[6] Cyber Protect[7] and Cyber Respond.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The murky world of hostage negotiations: is the price ever right?". The Guardian. London. 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Iraq security firm joins bidding for Wall Street's favorite detective agency". The Guardian. London. March 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "International SOS and Control Risks form joint venture". International SOS. 7 March 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Control Risks Group Holdings Limited: Private Company Information". BusinessWeek. 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Cyber Threat Intelligence". Control Risks. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Cyber Protect". Control Risks. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Cyber Respond". Control Risks. Retrieved 1 November 2017.

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