Link Analysis: Professional Organizations in Executive Protection

If you’re an active member in all 7 professional organizations listed in this diagram, then that means one of two things:

(1) You have the work ethic of a Tasmanian devil—good on you if that’s the case OR (2) You have an addiction to memberships and you need to talk to a therapist.

I was recently trying to make sense of all 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 professional organizations are connected to other entities (private companies/other professional organizations):

  1. ATAP: Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
  2. IPSB: International Protective Security Board
  3. IFPO: International Foundation for Protection Officers
  4. PSC: Protective Security Council
  5. ISDA: International Security Driver Association
  6. AIRIP: Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals
  7. ASIS: American Society for Industrial Security

What does a connection represent?

In the diagram, a connection means that the two organizations are “partners,” they have an affiliate type relationship, they sponsor the other organization, or they support the other organization in some way (such as having a founding member on the organization’s board or recommending the organization as a training provider publicly).



First, all of these organizations (yellow) in the graphic and the private companies (blue) that support them, have only 1 or 2 degrees of separation.

Second, I expected more backlinks and recommendations for ASIS, from the rest of the entities here. What does that inform us about ASIS? I don't know, there's not enough info here.

Third, on average, each private company has connections to two of the seven professional organizations. This might be a sweet spot for individual companies.

Lastly, although some of the professional organizations have overlapping board/council members, they (generally) don't directly drive any traffic or otherwise promote other professional organizations. (Not a surprise)


Each individual organization’s website (as of 08/29/17) is my source.


End note: Will you think twice next time you hear someone say, "there ought to be an organization (or certification) for...?"

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