Profiling is a process that plays a fundamental role in security because it allows the preventive identification of the terrorist with the objective of neutralizing a potential attack. It is a fundamental aspect of the counter-terrorism strategy; in simple words this means separating, distinguishing the “terrorist” from the “non-terrorist”.

As can be guessed from the term itself, profiling is nothing more than the process of defining a potential terrorist profile through the collection of information concerning physical, psychological-behavioral, socio-economic characteristics, so as to allow its immediate identification.

In order to do this it is a must to use creative thinking and learn to “think as a terrorist”, as exposed for years by the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies-Itstime (see the “drone phenomenon“).