Marc P.'s arrival in Singapore after six years serving as head of the DGSE's intelligence department should allow the service to ramp up its action in a highly strategic zone, one that it had largely ignored for years, as China places its pawns in South East Asia.
France's political campaign-finance watchdog has questioned the far-right politician's €540,000 cybersecurity contract involving an ex-martial arts champion, former military officers and a supplier conveniently located in Switzerland.
As it is gradually pushed out of international financial surveillance organisations, Russia's financial intelligence service Rosfinmonitoring is counting on its connections with local and Central Asian universities to provide new recruits and keep up its foreign partnerships.
The PISM, close to the Warsaw government, is developing its influence across the Atlantic. Its main targets are security decision-makers and Republican circles in Washington, but it also has Canada in its sights.
The Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, the industrial and commercial arm of President Bashar Al Assad's regime, attended the recent Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce summit in Paris, despite continuing French hostility to a rapprochement with Damascus.
The prominent Saudi family, long popular as a key partner for foreign businesses in Saudi Arabia, is expanding its presence in the defence industry. One of the clan's companies, Wahaj, has been forming new partnerships both in and outside the country.
Bahrain's dual cyber institutions are muddling the NCSC's attempts to become an integral part of the regional security architecture. Launched in 2020, the government body is still competing with the Information and eGovernment Authority which is both a cybersecurity guarantor and financial regulator for the kingdom intent on curbing spending.
Business and Strategies in Europe has been contracted by Brussels to help Moldova and the Balkan states with their West-leaning policies, placing it in a strategic position as Russia tries to exert its own influence in these countries.
Global Threat Solutions, the company that handled security for the French luxury giant's exhibition on New York's Madison Avenue, has been accused by a group of its employees of breaching US labour laws. They took the case to court earlier this month.
Veteran Luxembourg due diligence firm Sqope has had a new lease of life, opening up outposts from New York to Geneva and appointing new people, since the arrival of CEO Ilana Krancenblum and with the help of a number of Israeli consultants.
Supposed to be the UAE's new cyberintelligence flagship, CPX is struggling to make its mark and hold on to contracts because of technological gaps at a time when other parapublic cyber firms are gaining ground.
Natural language processing, popularised by ChatGPT, is of particular interest to the UAE's security apparatus conglomerates for their big data and open source intelligence (OSINT) programmes. The technology also promises to offer new firms in the sector a means to conduct low-cost influence operations.
Lee Wylde, an Intelligence Corps veteran and OSINT expert who has been involved in a number of British Army intelligence and data analysis programmes, has founded the defence startup Disruptive Industries.
Two young Hungarians, sent by the government in Budapest, have been organising informal evenings for their compatriots in the "Brussels bubble". This embryonic lobby can only be good news for the Hungarian authorities, which are mobilising hard in the European Union capital.
Benefitting from the rising number of incidents on Russia's periphery and the careful staging of its response to these, the national security service has returned to the forefront of Russian politics after being given the cold shoulder over its strategic errors on Ukraine.
Li Keqiang's retirement in favour of new premier Li Qiang signal the end of the once powerful faction close to China's business community and its advisers. The movement has been gradually silenced to allow another league close to the president to emerge.
In his efforts to strengthen Moscow's ties with so-called non-aligned states, Sergey Lavrov faces competition from spy chief Nikolai Patrushev and military industrialist Sergey Chemezov, who are both leading their own diplomatic initiatives.