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
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
I'm guilty of using the phrase "common sense security practices," and I imagine that many executive protection professionals throw around that term periodically too. Every time I've used that phrase, I've thought "what a cop out" ...there's no phrase in security that's more lazy and vacuous than "common sense security practices." Is there even such a thing?Read More
Did you know that 80% of our success in producing valuable travel intelligence rests on us internalizing only a handful of patterns? What do I mean?
Patterns begin to emerge once we've read enough briefings from the US State Department, UK/MI5, iJET, Stratfor, etc...
This article highlights 15 patterns that consistently appear in travel security briefings and related literature. Once these patterns are identified, our work as executive protection analysts becomes much easier.Read More
This is one of the few instances where the Instagram-bodyguards (or "hot bodyguards" as the news media characterizes them) posting gym selfies and pictures of their clients, are in the right. They may know nothing about executive protection, but they do know that healthy habits keep them mentally sharp.Read More
As an analyst collecting and producing travel intelligence for executive protection programs, you will undoubtedly come across alerts from iJET, The Center for Disease Control (CDC), The US State Department, and others about a range of ridiculous viruses and illnesses you’ve never heard of.
As an exercise for myself and the reader, I have created a simple chart breaking down the most common and notable illnesses that we should be aware of. You’re going to see alerts for these, so you might as well know if they’re fatal, if there’s a vaccine, and how to prevent becoming affected.Read More
Travel intelligence in executive protection means many different things to many different people. I am going to outline how I prefer to structure and curate my travel intelligence reports. What to include, what is assumed, what’s irrelevant, and so on. The structure of my travel intelligence reports share similarities with reports of iJet, OSAC, and the US State Department. (USE WHAT WORKS!)Read More
“Intelligence deals with all the things which should be known in advance of initiating a course of action.” The following are several short and meaningful statements followed by my interpretation as it relates to our role in executive protection, from the book Communicating With Intelligence: Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities (2nd Edition) by James S. Major.Read More
In the world of executive protection & protective intelligence, I’ve long discovered that in addition to the crucial role that OSINT plays, there’s often also a need for information that’s collected from the field. It’s not that remote intelligence isn’t important—on the contrary—that’s where you want to start. But this first resort shouldn’t always be your last and only one. Hostile entities also use open sourced intelligence in their Hostile Planning Process, but they don’t stop there—they follow it up with field intelligence, i.e. surveillance.Read More
One weakness of executive protection training, is that there is minimal focus on technology and related tools that can assist the executive protection specialist out in the field, all the while requiring minimal investment in resources.
What is the Alert Ecosystem? The Alert Ecosystem is a collection of tools, that when used collectively, keeps the executive protection specialist informed (instantly). Wouldn’t you like to be the first to know when a disaster strikes near by, or when an emergency alert for your area is issued?Read More