Executive Protection Blog

Remarkable executive protection stories: Embrace uncertainty and remember the duct tape

Keep calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath
July 19, 2017 - By Christian West & Jared Van Driessche

Like people in any other profession, executive protection agents like nothing better than a good story. Some of our favorites are about the agents who go above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrate exceptional qualities to achieve the extraordinary. Others are more down to earth, but reveal some of the quirkier sides of what is already a quirky profession. After all, who but an EP agent can get excited about a story in which practically everything goes wrong behind the scenes, but what everyone sees is a boring non-event? In this blog, we share a few of our favorite executive protection stories – and some thoughts on what makes great EP agents stand out from the rest.

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How intelligence analysis is impacting corporate security now – and why it will be even more important in the future

intelligence analysis
July 6, 2017 - By Christian West

Intelligence analysis is now becoming a critical piece of the overall security efforts for more and more corporations. And from all indications, its usage and influence will be only be spreading in the years to come. In this blog, Christian West shares perspectives on this growing trend based on his experience in corporate security in the U.S. and Europe.

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The difference between operational readiness and dumb luck? Not much. Until it is.

June 22, 2017 - By Christian West & Ivor Terret

Operational readiness or dumb luck? Executive protection teams must challenge themselves every day to know the difference. Read our blog by Christian West and Ivor Terret to learn more.

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Why executive protection professionals need to embrace the Internet of Things – for better, for worse – and for good

June 8, 2017 - By Brian Jantzen & Ray O’Hara & Jared Van Driessche

In this blog, we examine some of the issues surrounding IoT and protective security. The risks and vulnerabilities caused by the IoT to our clients’ safety, productivity and privacy are real, critical and growing – and they must be considered as we design and implement comprehensive security programs. At the same time, the IoT also offers protective security professionals a range of opportunities that were not possible a few years ago.

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Licensing, liability and legal compliance issues in protective security: What high net worth families need to know

May 18, 2017 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche & Ivor Terret

There is a lot of confusion surrounding liability and legal compliance issues concerning private security services, including the protective services relevant for high net worth families. The problems are complex, and there are plenty of gray areas open to interpretation….

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Corporate event risk management: How strong leadership strikes the optimal balance between branded guest experiences and effective security

event risk management
May 5, 2017 - By Antonio Revilla & Eric Stewart & Scott Novins & Sonny Schürer

The days of cookie-cutter event security are long over. Or at least they should be for corporate events. In this blog, we examine how we approach the new normal of corporate event risk management with some of our most forward-thinking clients: balancing carefully designed guest experiences against the complexities of ever-changing risk scenarios. Corporate event risk managers need strong leadership skills to negotiate the often competing agendas of many stakeholders – and to keep events as safe as they are on-brand.

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Separating feelings from facts: What high net worth families need to understand to stay secure

feelings and facts
April 18, 2017 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Ivor Terret & Jared Van Driessche

Read this blog to learn how to separate feelings from facts to improve security for high net worth individuals and families.

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Executive protection is the best and the worst job in the world

April 5, 2017 - By Christian West & Jared Van Driessche

Working in executive protection is the best and the worst job in the world. Sometimes all in the same day. Read this blog for some insider perspective!

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The 4 pillars of protection for high net worth individuals

4 pillars of protection
March 16, 2017 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Ivor Terret & Jared Van Driessche

In this blog we introduce the four foundational elements of protection for high net worth individuals and families: Physical security, technology, people and procedures.

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Secure local transportation: The missing link of executive travel

March 7, 2017 - By Tommy Christensen

Why are corporations willing to shell out for the best air tickets, private aviation and accommodations money can buy, but rarely pay the same attention to the quality of local transportation when traveling? Probably because they don’t know any better. And, yes, maybe because those of us who provide secure executive travel services haven’t been very good at explaining what we actually do.

We try to right that situation with this blog, in which Tommy Christensen takes a look at the missing link of executive travel: secure ground transportation that’s at as high a level as first or business class flights and five-star hotels.

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The 3 reasons high net worth families opt for enhanced protective security

February 16, 2017 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Ivor Terret & Jared Van Driessche

In this blog, four of our top managers get together to share their views on why high net worth individuals and families choose enhanced protective security.

It all boils down to risk mitigation, lifestyle – and privacy.

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Secure travel to Nigeria: Tips from an executive protection agent

February 2, 2017 - By Thomas Hald

In this blog Thomas Hald, who has conducted dozens of executive protection details in the sprawling West African country, shares some insights on staying safe, happy and productive in Nigeria.

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The 3 ways successful executive protection agents turn downtime into uptime – and turbocharge their careers

January 19, 2017 - By Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche & Christian West

In this blog Brian, Jared and Christian look back over their own careers – and those of many they’ve worked with – to answer a question they hear from lots of aspiring executive protection agents: How can I get better at my game – and improve my professional opportunities?

There’s no simple answer, and it all takes work. The good news is you can start by making better use of downtime.

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Four intelligence analysis developments executive protection managers need to understand in 2017

January 4, 2017 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Inspired by Ryan Long’s excellent presentation at the Close Protection Conference in Las Vegas in December, this blog takes a close look at four key developments intelligence analysts are keeping an eye on in 2017 – and what they mean for executive protection managers.

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10 more gadgets every executive protection agent wants for Christmas

December 16, 2016 - By Christian West

Do you remember how much you loved your first Swiss Army knife as a kid? Well, get ready to start craving a few more gizmos. Our last Christmas blog was a hit that confirmed our belief in the enduring attraction…

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