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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The Most Important Customer Service Lesson for Executive Protection Pros

The Most Important Customer Service Lesson for Executive Protection Pros

Don't take my word for it, that practicing customer service is an important aspect of executive protection. As reported by themselves, two of the most notable executive protection companies in Los Angeles have incorporated customer service type training into their training programs.

Because estate security is multifaceted, executive protection professions will have ample opportunities to make mistakes. It is inevitable that you will have to navigate communicating with an angry vendor, principal, or other types of employees—even if you never make a mistake...

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Protective Intelligence in Estate Security Pt. 2

Protective Intelligence in Estate Security Pt. 2

OSINT feeds protective intelligence programs a steady diet of information, 24 hours per day. Most of this is empty calories, some of it is red meat, but we don’t know until it’s collected and evaluated.

Real-time social media monitoring (by geographic location) is the single most practical and effective practice that any estate security program can implement...

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Protective Intelligence in Estate Security Pt. 1

Protective Intelligence in Estate Security Pt. 1

Protective intelligence is evaluated information that supports our identification, continuous assessment, and mitigation of potential threats. It’s not limited to assessing potentially violent people, nor does it require a sophisticated counter-surveillance program.

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Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

This is the introductory article for my new series about estate security: Estate Security Hacks. In the last issue of “Executive Protection Hacks,” I provided a simplified framework for approaching the topic of travel intelligence, highlighting ideas and tools for the reader to use in his or her role as an executive protection analyst.

My intention is to highlight factors that I think are especially relevant for the individual security professionals that staff those estate security programs. This is written with them in mind, less so their managers or their manager's managers (although they'd still get something out of it!).

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The Final Word on Travel Intelligence & Executive Protection

The Final Word on Travel Intelligence & Executive Protection

Yes, I’m putting the executive protection/Travel Intelligence topic to rest, but only after one final overview. Below is a short summary of relevant ideas from the Travel Intelligence Masterclass held recently. Plus, I have included two important links below.

First, you need to check out the travel intelligence reading list. Any novice could knock out this list in a month, and then they’d have a great reservoir of information to pull from when they’re supporting the executive protection team with travel intelligence...

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Theat Assessment Resources for the Executive Protection Professionals

Theat Assessment Resources for the Executive Protection Professionals

After attending the ATAP Annual Conference, I decided that I needed to share with you, all of the great resources that the speakers mentioned—all relating to threat assessment, workplace violence, insider threat, executive protection, and more.

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Link Analysis: Professional Organizations in Executive Protection

Link Analysis: Professional Organizations in Executive Protection

I was recently trying to make sense of all of the professional organizations that I consider especially relevant to executive protection. And then I thought, “how are all of these organizations connected and interconnected?”

I needed a graphic to answer this question, so I mapped out how the following (executive protection related) professional organizations are connected to other organizations.

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