Executive Protection Blog

Fear is not a gift in executive protection

February 10, 2020 - By Jared Van Driessche & Christian West

Fear can be a gift to people in vulnerable situations, but it’s really not helpful in executive protection operations or careers. Read the blog by Christian West and Jared Van Driessche to learn more.

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Travel security: Simple tips from executive protection pros

January 31, 2020 - By Christian West & Mac Segal

Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget or a corporate road warrior, these simple, practical tips on how to stay safe while traveling can make a big difference. Executive protection pros Christian West and Mac Segal have written these for…

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Why the wrong framing causes dysfunctional executive protection programs

January 27, 2020 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

We’ve written extensively about what makes executive protection programs work. In this blog, we turn our focus to what makes EP programs not work – including dissimilar framing. Unless they share the same framing, when providers and clients talk about executive protection, they’re often not even talking about the same thing. What could go wrong?

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3 predictions for the executive protection industry in 2020

2020 predictions
January 7, 2020 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

As we open our calendars to the new year – and a new decade – Christian West and Brian Jantzen share some insights on the trends they believe will be most important for the executive protection industry in 2020 – and make three predictions.

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Infographic: Mail screening & executive protection

Mail-borne threats infographic
December 26, 2019 - By Christian West & Martin Nielsen

Mail-borne threats must be taken seriously by executive protection professionals. New technology now makes effective mail screening available in more situations – and significantly improves residential and office security. Check out our infographic to learn more!

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Finding your career path in executive protection

Career planning in executive protection
December 20, 2019 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Career planning is critical for success in the executive protection industry. But for many, the path forward is not obvious. In this blog, Christian West & Brian Jantzen share some tips on finding the EP career that’s right for you.

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The top 10 gadgets every EP pro wants for Christmas 2019

November 29, 2019 - By Christian West

The holidays are coming up, and you know what that means. It’s time for Christian West’s list of gadgets that every executive protection agent wants for Christmas in 2019!

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It’s time to talk about standardization of the executive protection industry

November 20, 2019 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Standardization has a lot of advantages for providers and purchasers of all kinds of goods and services. So, why does the executive protection industry not yet have any agreed standards? Although more standardization would present challenges, these would be far outweighed by the benefits. The time has come to start talking about standardization and the executive protection industry – and to act.

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Why high net worth families – and their family offices – need to improve threat assessment and risk management practices

November 1, 2019 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

Families are different than corporations, so it’s no wonder that high net worth families – and the family offices that represent their interests – approach protective security differently than corporate organizations. As you’ll see in this blog by Christian West and Brian Jantzen, however, we believe there are many good reasons for family offices to take a page from the best corporate threat assessment and risk management practices.

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What executive protection professionals need to know about Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM)

October 17, 2019 - By Brian Jantzen & Ray O’Hara, CPP

There is a lot of talk in the security industry about Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM), but the executive protection industry has been pretty anonymous in the debate. As far as we can tell, many (most?) folks in our industry have not even heard about ESRM. Certainly, very few have embraced ESRM as part of their executive protection practices. We hope this blog will change that. It’s time for executive protection professionals to understand what ESRM is all about, separate the hype from the helpful, and start integrating the ESRM approach into our protective practices and client relationships.

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What executive protection and secure travel teams can learn from a Diet Coke

Diet Coke and Executive Protection
September 26, 2019 - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

In this blog, we’d like to raise our ice-filled glass to all the road warriors out there – and take a closer look at what executive protection and secure travel teams can learn from the humble Diet Coke.

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Why mail screening must be an integrated part of comprehensive executive protection programs

September 2, 2019 - By Christian West & Martin Nielsen

In this blog, Christian West and Martin Nielsen examine the growing risks associated with mail-borne chemical and explosive attacks – and how executive protection programs can now mitigate these risks for organizations and family residences with the help of new screening technology.

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The importance of recognizing biases in protective intelligence analysis

August 16, 2019 - By Sean Paul Schuhriemen

We all have biases. We demonstrate this whenever we show an implicit, often unspoken tendency for or against someone or something. For better and for worse, biases are baked into our social, psychological, and cognitive evolution as human beings. Our pattern-seeking brains are hardwired to make predictions, and biases make life quicker and easier to predict. Of course, even protective intelligence analysts are prone to biases; it can’t be helped. But we can help ourselves – and those who consume the intelligence that we produce – by recognizing our biases and doing our best to mitigate them.

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Lesser-known threats and vulnerabilities: What executive protection pros (and everyone else) need to know

July 25, 2019 - By Christian West & Martin Nielsen

When people think about the risks that executive protection helps mitigate, they quickly conjure up images of threats they have seen in the media. Home invasions, pushy paparazzi, kidnappings, and public attacks all come to mind. And of course, these are all threats that executive protection professionals and their clients must take seriously.

With this blog we examine some lesser-known threats and vulnerabilities, so EP clients and practitioners can consider them as they plan and implement comprehensive protection programs. Even if you’re not in the executive protection industry, awareness of these threats and vulnerabilities is the first step towards mitigating them.

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Why sustainment training is critical to executive protection program success

July 16, 2019 - By Martin Nielsen & Brian Jantzen

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.

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