Rarely defined, but often collectively understood.


In Movia, a threat is cognitively modeled as a combination of intent to do harm, the capability to do harm, and the opportunity to pull it off. In most organizations, threats can surface in any sphere of concern — physical, financial, competitive, security, health, and so on.


Intent, capability, and opportunity are concepts that can be decomposed and attached to your Big Data.

Therefore, “threat reasoning” is the Movia process of monitoring for a pattern that matches a set of conditions that warrants attention.

An opportunity is similar to — and the flip-side — of threat.



Movia combines assessments of the threat level of individual events with the background threat level


Movia THREAT is a built-in threat and opportunity assessment system. It provides the key mechanisms to model such operational concepts as:

Contextual threat – a situation-setting of a base or background level given a geo-spatial area and a finite time window — in other words, our concern is potential threats, near-by and right now.

We look for events or conditions that represent a specific threat — such as a stock price falling precipitously, a clinic diagnosing a rare disease, an out of tolerance reading on a manufacturing sensor, etc.

We accumulate individual threats into an aggregate threat — such as many people throwing rocks outside a US Embassy within a short period of time, versus one person one time.

Threat levels – thresholds values that warrant an action if exceeded.

Threat actions – a threat level exceeded can generate a message, log an event, warn a user, start a response system, etc.

Threat actions generate Movia ALERTS to provide that hyper-vigilant, ever-alert, early-warning tap, tap, tap on the shoulder to “WATCH OUT.”