I studied for about 6 weeks total and passed the ASIS CPP Exam with score of 729 out of 800 (600 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.Read 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.Read More
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.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
"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)Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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!).Read More