Executive Protection, Estate Security Hacks?

*This is a continuation of my “executive protection hacks” series, where I write a collection of articles on a single topic (this time estate security, last time it was travel intelligence), then combine all of them in a single PDF. Download the new PDF here.

Why Estate Security?

I started writing this series of articles on estate security about 9 months before compiling and designing this PDF (procrastination’s a real...challenge). I honestly didn’t think it would get much traction because we don’t think of estate security as being particularly “sexy,” but my contributors and I can add value to the conversation and it’s something I’m quite familiar with. Also, I’ve noticed more chatter/content online about estate security recently – and I think that’s great!

Many of our peers associate estate security with the lower rungs of the executive protection / asset protection ladder (and in some cases that’s justified, if you’re paying them a low-ball hourly rate – you get what you pay for). Although estate security may be where many junior security professionals get their start, this does not diminish the critical nature of that type of work:

After all, where do your clients spend a significant amount of time?

At what location is their presence predictable?

And based on the data available to us, how would you rate the likelihood of a client being inconvenienced, embarrassed, or aggressed against near their driveway (vehicle) and the choke point at the end of their street?

That’s why it’s a job for security professionals. Not neanderthals, and not gung-ho yahoos.

About This Issue

This PDF is made up of 8 articles, and they are all brief & to the point, with no fluff. You’ll get some valuable insight from them – no doubt. A range of topics are addressed here, to include estate security threat landscape, physical security, counter-drone tech, security questioning, customer service, and more.

I am super grateful to feature two detailed pieces from subject matter expert, contributors. Meb West (MA, CPP, CSS) & Jenny West and Larry D. Friese, Jr. provided great insights into the topics of physical security and drone threats/countermeasures (respectively). Across all media (not just security) there’s a lack of long-form content, and both of these pieces fill that void and add much needed insight to the conversation.

Big “thank you” to Meb & Jenny (Seven Spears Security International, LLC) and Larry (Aerial Information Systems Corporation)! And big “thank you” to the EP Nexus readers that consume, share, comment on, and otherwise support projects like this.

Thanks for reading! And feel free to reach out to me anytime by DM on my social channels.

 

 

About the EP Nexus Blog

The EP Nexus executive protection blog, is a comprehensive resource for security professionals involved in executive protection, protective intelligence, threat assessment, and related fields.

Launched in March of 2016 as a resource for executive protection professionals, command center gurus, and close protection know-it-alls, EP Nexus is quickly becoming a resource for those seeking to quench their thirst for executive protection reading.

The most popular section of the blog is Executive Protection HacksEP Hacks is a series in which we address complex topics (one topic per issue) in a convenient collection of tools & writings. I am actively collaborating with industry leaders to produce future issues. If you're interested in taking an active approach in moving your industry into the future, contact me below.

Outside of EP Hacks, I explore the following topics in writings, tutorials, and webinars: online tools for executive protection professionals, open source intelligence investigations (OSINT), threat assessment, protective intelligence, travel security, and more.

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A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

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.

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Red Teaming, Estate Security, and Executive Protection

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By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

In 2016, there were 439 reported bombing incidents in the US, and “residential structures” were targeted more than any other location.

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Executive Protection: Estate Security & Security Questioning

Executive Protection: Estate Security & Security Questioning

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What questions do you ask them?

What signs do you look for to detect deception?

How do you elicit information from them?

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The Most Important Customer Service Lesson for Executive Protection Pros

The Most Important Customer Service Lesson for Executive Protection Pros

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...

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Protective Intelligence in Estate Security

Protective Intelligence in Estate Security

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...

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Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

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!).

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