Executive Protection Blog

From operational readiness to operational optimization: 5 guiding principles in executive protection

January 31, 2019 - By Ryan Fresn & Brian Jantzen & Christian West

Operational readiness is the most fundamental prerequisite for any protective effort and has consequences for practically everything we do as an executive protection company.

In this blog, we’d like to discuss how our understanding of this all-important concept is evolving towards operational optimization – and encourage everyone in the executive protection industry – colleagues, competitors, and customers – to join us in this continuing discussion.

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The 5 questions corporations are asking about providing secure travel services to more staff

January 18, 2019 - By Tommy Christensen & Brian Jantzen

As corporations continue to expand internationally, they are sending more staff to more places than ever before – including destinations associated with elevated travel risk. And as we can tell from the kinds of inquiries we increasingly receive, those responsible for handling corporate travel and security issues often find it difficult to know when what kind of travel risk mitigation is appropriate for where, for whom, and for when.

In this blog, we take a close look at the five questions we get from clients when they consider using secure travel services for employees besides the C-suite.

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Are smart hotel rooms smart enough to protect your privacy?

December 28, 2018 - By Mac Segal

As executive protection professionals, it is our mission to protect our clients from all manner of threats. Of course, this concerns not least our principals’ physical safety and reputations. In an increasingly connected world, however, we must also help protect their data and their privacy.

Now that the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming increasingly integrated all around us, it’s time to consider the consequences of the rapid proliferation of IoT devices in hotels. For executive protection professionals, the increased use of the IoT in hospitality settings will impact how we do advances and perform details. But everyone interested in secure travel would do well to consider the potential risks from these devices and how best to protect themselves and their data.

In this blog, we discuss some of the ways these devices are used to access personal information and hack hotel networks and consider some best practices to ensure our principals – and ourselves and others – are properly protected.

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7 trends that will define the executive protection industry in 2019

December 13, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Ray O’Hara

When your company motto is forward thinking, it’s natural to look ahead to see what the new year is likely to bring.

In this blog, Christian West, Brian Jantzen and Ray O’Hara call out the seven trends they believe will mean most for the executive protection industry in 2019.

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The 10 gadgets every EP agent wants for Christmas in 2018

November 19, 2018 - By Christian West

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—gadget time!

Whether you’re looking to spoil your favorite EP pro with some cool gear, or you’re an EP agent on the lookout for some tech that’ll make your life easier in the field and off-the-clock—we’ve got you covered. Here are our ten recommendations for 2018.

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The executive protection industry lives in a glass house. Let’s improve standardization instead of throwing stones.

November 7, 2018 - By Christian West & Jared Van Driessche

In light of the Monday morning quarterbacks’ critique of Pascal Duvier’s performance when his client, Kim Kardashian, was robbed in Paris in 2016 – and her insurance company’s recent decision to sue Pascal for negligence – Christian West and guest blogger Jared Van Driessche take a hard look at the EP industry’s need for improved standardization.

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Travel security services: The 4 trends that are driving demand growth

October 29, 2018 - By Tommy Christensen

In this blog, Tommy Christensen, director of AS Solution’s Global Special Services department, takes a helicopter view of why more corporations and high net worth individuals are opting for a wider variety of travel security services than ever before. Increased uncertainty around the world certainly plays a role, but so do the productivity benefits of seamless travel support and the growing range of secure travel services.

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From the insurance industry to a career in executive protection: It’s all about customer service

October 15, 2018 - By Max Montoya

In this blog, Max Montoya tells Carlos Muñoz about his transition from the insurance industry to a career in executive protection. Although this is not the most typical career path for people in our industry, Max’s story makes complete sense: If you’ve got the right mixture of hard and soft skills – and the right attitude – where you’ve been is not nearly as important as where you want to go.

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Coordinating event security and executive protection

event security
September 28, 2018 - By Christian West & Scott Novins

In this blog, AS Solution’s Christian West and Scott Novins explore an important security topic: the intersection of event security and executive protection. Avoiding the most common pitfalls to achieve smooth coordination is important and feasible – as long as both teams take on the sometimes-challenging task of careful cooperation before, during, and after the event.

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How to boost the ROI of your security intelligence analysis program across the organization

September 21, 2018 - By Sean Paul Schuriemen

AS Solution’s deputy director of intelligence operations, Sean Paul Schuriemen, explains how corporations can leverage the ROI of their intelligence analysis programs beyond the security realm and across the organization. Spoiler alert: It’s all about creativity, business acumen, and good management.

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How to calculate the time needed for executive protection advances

August 28, 2018 - By Christian West

In this blog, Christian West focuses on how to calculate the time needed to do professional executive protection advances in order to reliably understand their cost – and demonstrate their value. Readers can expect to learn about Christian’s homemade algorithm as well as a more advanced tool to accurately budget hours needed per advance locations.

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7 leadership lessons I’ve learned working in executive protection

Leadership in executive protection
August 16, 2018 - By Christian West

Christian West of AS Solution lays out the 7 leadership lessons he learned working in executive protection. As he discovered and continues to discover: Learning things the hard way is a great way to learn, especially if you didn’t manage to learn things the easy way.

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Private sector executive protection and firearms: It’s time to deal with the topics that no one wants to talk about

EP and firearms. Shhhh.
July 31, 2018 - By Christian West

The topic of firearms in private sector executive protection is a complex one. Relevant legislation varies widely around the United States and worldwide, and there are plenty of preconceived notions about whether it’s a good idea or not. And just as talking about politics and religion is frowned upon in many other social contexts, discussions about the use of firearms in executive protection is a subject that many prefer to avoid. In this blog, Christian West tackles the topic head-on.

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How executive protection professionals can deal with paparazzi and other media

July 16, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

When working with high profile or high net worth clients, executive protection professionals must accept that paparazzi and other media simply come with the territory.  A clear understanding of how the media operate to access the principal is key to ensuring the principal’s well-being and privacy.

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The 3 trends shaping the next wave of global security operation centers

June 29, 2018 - By Brian Jantzen & Tommy Christensen & Sean Paul Schuriemen

Global security operation centers (GSOCs) are changing, and we’re beginning to see the contours of some new patterns. In this blog, Brian Jantzen, Tommy Christensen, and Sean Schuhriemen take a look at three of the trends that are defining next-generation GSOCs.

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