Executive Protection Blog

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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It’s time to rethink executive protection training

June 20, 2018 - By Christian West

Many things have changed about the EP industry over the last 20 years, but EP training typically focuses on the same hard skills. In this blog, Christian West asks whether it’s time for a paradigm shift in EP training – and presents some ideas about what he’d like to see change.

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Integrating critical incident response teams with corporate security: 5 EP perspectives

May 31, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

In this blog, Christian West and Brian Jantzen discuss and clarify their recommendations concerning Critical Incident Response Teams, or CIRTs, from the perspective of corporate executive protection.

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5 lessons learned about social media and executive protection

May 16, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Christian West and Brian Jantzen share some thoughts on executive protection and social media. Lesson learned number 1: Social media is part of our world. Like our clients, EP pros need to embrace it, not reject it.

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Why advance work in executive protection takes more than checklists

April 27, 2018 - By Christian West

Christian West digs into why executive protection providers do advance work. Yes, the reasons for this are all about being prepared and proactive – and there are plenty of checklists involved. But West also wants to put more focus on 3 other reasons that don’t get enough attention.

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Staying safe at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

April 12, 2018 - By Tommy Christensen

With more than a million fans expected in Moscow alone, this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is shaping up to be one of the biggest travel events of the year. National and local security efforts are expected to be just as massive and effective as they were during the Sochi Olympics back in 2014. Still, we encourage travelers to read our list of do’s and don’ts.

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Make or buy? 4 questions to ask before outsourcing corporate executive protection

March 23, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

In this blog, Christian West and Brian Jantzen answer the four questions corporations must ask to decide between outsourcing executive protection services or handling them internally.

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How to determine appropriate staffing levels for corporate executive protection programs

March 9, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

There is a lot of uncertainty about staffing levels for corporate executive protection programs. Team size obviously impacts program quality and cost, but companies new to the service rarely have the experience necessary to distinguish between “must have” and “nice to have”. 

In this blog, Christian West and Brian Jantzen address this perennial question head-on. Although there is no simple formula, they argue that a needs-based approach and a good understanding of the variables that must be considered can go a long way in rightsizing protective programs.

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Burnout: When bad things happen to good executive protection agents

February 28, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Job burnout, or work-related stress, is an ever-present risk for busy EP agents. While almost none of the alpha types in our industry are willing to admit it, many of us have worked the crazy hours that lead up to burnout – and more than a few of us have discovered the negative consequences of work-related stress too late. 

In this blog, we take a look at what causes burnout, and what EP agents and managers – as well as our clients – can do to prevent it.

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The role of intelligence analysis in high net worth protection programs

February 16, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche

Intelligence always informs good protection programs – or at least it should. In this blog, we examine how intelligence analysis plays an important role in high net worth protection programs. Intelligence analysts add value and boost the overall effectiveness of security efforts designed to protect individuals and their families whether at work, school, at home or while traveling – and should be more widely used.

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Secure travel support for high net worth families

January 31, 2018 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche

In this blog, we examine the special needs of high net worth individuals and families who want to travel safely.

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