This week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn about how due diligence investigations are conducted outside of the United States. I got to interview Björn Wahlström from Current Consulting Group, a supply chain and risk management firm with a presense in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Originally from Europe, Björn has over 15 years’ experience working in China. He initially got started out by specializing in supply chain, then later he was able to use his extensive knowledge of supply chain to support due diligence and intellectual property investigations in China.Read More
In this short article I will present those big ideas from risk management that are highly relevant to security professionals like ourselves. (Admittedly, I am no expert! This is something that I am studying, and I wanted to share what might be most useful with you). As defined by ISC2, “risk management is a detailed process of identifying factors that could damage or disclose data, evaluating those factors in light of data value and countermeasure cost, and implementing cost-effective solutions for mitigating or reducing risk”...Read More
Here is the second half of my conversation about key components of successful security programs with Sean A. Ahrens, M.A., CPP, FSyl, BSCP and Ilya Umanskiy M.A., PSP, RAMCAP. If you have not yet listened to Part I, you can listen to it here. In Part I, we discussed security metrics, policies & procedures, and continual learning. In this second part, we discussed leadership, data driven organizations, and how to get the most out of trade shows & conferences.Read More
I had a great opportunity recently to speak with two highly experienced security consultants to get their thoughts on a range of topics relating to key components of successful security programs. Our dialogue covered much more than I anticipated, so we broke our full conversation into two segments. The first part focuses on security metrics, policies & procedures, and continual learning, while the second part focuses on leadership, aligning security with data driven organizations, and tips for getting the most out of conferences (and trade shows). Below is part one, we hope you enjoy!Read More
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.Read More
Given that these are the primary physical tasks of an executive protection specialist, what should their strength & conditioning goals look like and how should they go about achieving them?
Since a day in the life of an executive protection specialist is unlikely to resemble a “Taken” film, it’s safe to say the majority of your time is spent performing the first four tasks listed above: standing, sitting in vehicles, lifting and carrying heavy things, and retrieving items for your principal. Now, that’s not to say the ability to perform explosive movements such as sprinting, jumping, and striking aren’t important to your role as an executive protection specialist−because they ABSO- LUTELY are−but you need to first consider your not-so-sexy day to day tasks when designing a training program.Read More
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the Vice President of a recruiting firm involved in recruiting security consultants for the architecture & engineering industry. Like many of our readers, prior to this dialogue I could not give quality answers about what recruiters look for in asset protection professionals, how they support candidates throughout the interview process, or how candidates can evaluate recruiters who approach them–All of which (and more) is answered in this 60-minute dialogue.Read More
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…Read More
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!
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?Read More