Why sustainment training is critical to executive protection program success
The importance of sustainment training in executive protection programs is often neglected. In this blog, we take a closer look at which EP skills need to be maintained through sustainment training – and why sustainment training is too often ignored or underprioritized in executive protection programs.Read more
Dressing for the part: Why clothes and style (should) matter to executive protection agents
It’s important for executive protection agents to know when to blend in and when to stand out. If standing out becomes necessary to protect the client, we’re fine with standing up and getting noticed. In most cases, however, we’re happy to blend into the background. We never want to stick out because we didn’t engage in a little forward thinking concerning our wardrobe and style choices.
In this blog, we’d like to get more tactical than we usually do and provide some practical tips that will let you dress for the part no matter what role you’re playing and wherever your EP job takes you.Read more
Why executive protection companies and clients need to evolve from simple vendor relationships to strategic partnerships
Like any other business, most executive protection companies are vendors as well as purchasers. We sell protective services to our clients, and we sometimes buy services from other suppliers to make this happen. Ergo, we need to be good at providing the services we sell, and we need to be good at buying the services we outsource. In this blog, we ask executive protection companies and their clients to consider the differences between simple vendor and strategic partner relationships.Read more
Why executive protection and enterprise security risk managers need to rethink TSCM
Technical surveillance counter-measures, or TSCM, as the term is almost always abbreviated, is still a rather misunderstood outlier in the worlds of executive protection and enterprise risk management. In this blog, we’d like to resolve some misconceptions about TSCM that we often run into, and, perhaps more importantly, call attention to why we think TSCM should play a bigger role in enterprise security risk management in general and executive protection in particular.Read more
10 networking tips for executive protection professionals
Some people are natural networkers. For others, networking is like flossing your teeth: You know you’re supposed to do it regularly, but for some reason, you never get around to it. In this blog, Christian West and guest blogger Craig McKim share 10 networking tips that any executive protection professional can put to use immediately.Read more
Preparing the next generation of leadership in executive protection
Is the executive protection industry doing enough to prepare its next generation of leaders? We don’t think so. In order to keep up with the growing demands for EP – in terms of quantity and quality – we all need to do more to develop more and better leaders.Read more
Things I learned being a bouncer that have helped my career in executive protection
Christian West reflects on some of the things he learned as a bouncer that have come in handy working in executive protection, drawing on his own experience and that of some colleagues who also have the honor of writing “bouncer” on their resumés.Read more
10 dumb things we wish people would stop doing in the executive protection industry
We’ve been watching the dumb things people do to pull down the EP industry rather than move it forward for way too long. And yes, this list is based on looking at ourselves over the years as well as at others. So, we started thinking about writing this blog and collecting ideas. It wasn’t easy, but we finally narrowed the list down to the 10 dumbest things we wish people would stop doing in the EP industry.Read more
The importance of staying up to date and proactive networking in the executive protection industry
In this blog, Christian West underscores the importance of staying up to date with what is happening in the executive protection industry. Proactive networking is key to breaking down the barriers that lead to siloed thinking.Read more
Improving event security and the guest experience: Perspectives on screening from the executive protection industry
In this blog, guest blogger Mike Ellenbogen of Evolv Technology and Christian West zoom in on the executive protection industry’s perspective on security screening for events. The goal is effective security for the principal and others – without compromising the guest experience.Read more
Integrating protective intelligence in executive protection: It’s time to sharpen the saw
In this blog, Sean Schuhriemen and Christian West bring together two practical perspectives on protective intelligence. One is shaped by years of governmental service in operational intelligence, the other by decades of protecting corporate officers and high net worth principals. Together, they present a shared view on the importance of protective intelligence in executive protection – and call for even better integration between their two practices so we can learn from each other and improve outcomes.Read more
From operational readiness to operational optimization: 5 guiding principles in executive protection
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.Read more
The 5 questions corporations are asking about providing secure travel services to more staff
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.Read more
Are smart hotel rooms smart enough to protect your privacy?
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.Read more
7 trends that will define the executive protection industry in 2019
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.Read more