An Introduction to Risk Management Principles for Security Professionals

An Introduction to Risk Management Principles for Security Professionals

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”...

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(2019 Update) Import the Most Significant Terrorist Attack Anniversary Dates into Your Calendar (in Two Steps)

(2019 Update) Import the Most Significant Terrorist Attack Anniversary Dates into Your Calendar (in Two Steps)

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.

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Executive Protection — My Interview With a Tactical & Sports Performance Expert

Executive Protection — My Interview With a Tactical & Sports Performance Expert

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.

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“The Standard Pace is for Chumps"

“The Standard Pace is for Chumps"

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…

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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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10 "Common Sense Security Practices" for the CEO

10 "Common Sense Security Practices" for the CEO

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?

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15 Patterns of Travel Security Briefings for Executive Protection Analysts

15 Patterns of Travel Security Briefings for Executive Protection Analysts

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.

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Cognitive Function & Executive Protection: Back to Basics

Cognitive Function & Executive Protection: Back to Basics

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.

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9 Deadly Travel-Health Alerts Executive Protection Analysts Need to Know

9 Deadly Travel-Health Alerts Executive Protection Analysts Need to Know

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.

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