“The Standard Pace is for Chumps"

“The Standard Pace is for Chumps"

There I was at an ATAP gathering, listening to the owner of a boutique security consulting firm present a threat assessment case they worked on back in 2017. As I was chatting with the highly-credentialed HR professional seated next to me, they asked me what I wanted to do professionally. I explained to them that…

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[Full Audio] Aspiring Professionals & Asset Protection, With Ilya Umanskiy

[Full Audio] Aspiring Professionals & Asset Protection, With Ilya Umanskiy

My latest conversation with Ilya Umanskiy was even more insightful than the first, especially as it relates to topics concerning aspiring professionals. We discussed some big topics to include the following:

  • Personal branding for security professionals, social media use, and Gary Vee

  • Perspectives on certification & long term professional development

  • The role of applied psychology

  • How Ilya and his asset protection peers evaluate talent

  • And much more!

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Addressing Drone Threats & Countermeasures for Executive Protection Professionals

Addressing Drone Threats & Countermeasures for Executive Protection Professionals

From a security perspective, drones have the potential to nullify many of the protective measures long relied upon to deter and stop ground-based threats. Walls, vehicle barriers, and officers currently offer limited resistance to even a poorly skilled drone operator with a desire to attack or conduct surveillance against a target. Since World War II, the western private sector has largely not faced a serious threat from the air. The notable exception being 9/11, which was unfathomable to most people on 9/10. Who would  y an airliner into a building?

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How to Pass the ASIS CPP Exam in 6 Weeks

How to Pass the ASIS CPP Exam in 6 Weeks

I studied for about 6 weeks total and passed the ASIS CPP Exam with score of 729 out of 800 (650 is passing). I would consider my security background balanced, but by my own standards I am not as proficient as I'd like to be in all of the subjects/domains of the CPP exam, especially physical or information security. Below is my summary of information that you should take in if you're considering getting the CPP certification, followed by my approach to studying for the exam efficiently.

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Audio Interview: Ilya Umanskiy on Security Consulting, Mentorship, and More

Audio Interview: Ilya Umanskiy on Security Consulting, Mentorship, and More

Ilya Umanskiy has nearly 20 years experience in working with global security teams and working as a security consultant. In interviewing Ilya, he showed us his insight into several key areas: career advice, mentorship, challenges facing aspiring professionals (including transitioning military & law enforcement), and more.

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A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

When the term “Physical Security” is brought up in our industry, it is usually accompanied by a smirk or an eye roll.  It is often deemed an “entry level” task that conjures images of Paul Blart the Mall Cop.  No experienced professional would hang their hat on such a rudimentary function, would they?  It has been our experience that physical security is often misunderstood and performed poorly.  Yet, if the principles and concepts of physical security are understood fully and incorporated into the overall protection strategy appropriately (technology, intelligence, etc.), it can be just as critical a component as any other facet of protective operations.

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(2018 Update) Import the 65 Most Significant Terrorist Attack Anniversary Dates into Your Calendar (in Two Steps)

(2018 Update) Import the 65 Most Significant Terrorist Attack Anniversary Dates into Your Calendar (in Two Steps)

I created a digital calendar with over 65 of the most notable terrorist attack anniversaries in world history and recent memory, which you can import into your personal calendar (iCal, Outlook, Gmail, Etc.). This simple tool–the first of it’s kind, allows the executive protection specialist to overlay terrorist attack anniversaries with the the principal's travel plans.

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Red Teaming, Estate Security, and Executive Protection

Red Teaming, Estate Security, and Executive Protection

"Defined loosely, red teaming is the practice of viewing a problem from an adversary or competitor’s perspective. The goal of most red teams is to enhance decision making, by challenging assumptions, specifying the adversary’s preferences and strategies, or by simply acting as a devil’s advocate." (Source: Red Team Journal)

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By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

In 2016, there were 439 reported bombing incidents in the US, and “residential structures” were targeted more than any other location.

There are a range of crimes directed at estates, which are unique to residential targets (as illustrated previously in this graphic). Obviously burglary, and you have plenty of measures to mitigate that risk, already in place.

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Executive Protection: Estate Security & Security Questioning

Executive Protection: Estate Security & Security Questioning

One of the biggest challenges for the individual estate security officer is the unknown visitor. You (likely) already have a plan in place if someone shows up unannounced. But what is your plan for screening them...

What questions do you ask them?

What signs do you look for to detect deception?

How do you elicit information from them?

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