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
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
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!
I studied for about 6 weeks total and passed the ASIS CPP Exam with score of 729 out of 800 (650 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