Executive Protection Blog

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 Schuhriemen

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 Schuhriemen

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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