Executive Protection Blog

Forward thinking: 4 key challenges for the executive protection industry in 2018

EP challenges in 2018
December 29, 2017 - By Christian West

Our last blog in 2017 looks ahead to the four key issues facing the executive protection industry in 2018. According to Christian West, the industry has a lot to do to improve its readiness – as individuals, teams, and companies – to meet the challenges that the new year will bring.

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How to prevent vehicle attacks

Vehicle attacks: 6 ways to prevent vehicle terror attacks
December 7, 2017 - By Christian West & Mac Segal

As too many recent attacks have demonstrated, vehicles can be turned into weapons far too easily. Now, preventing vehicle attacks is an important part of event security. Check out our interactive infographic to discover 6 ways event security professionals can mitigate the risks.

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14 gadgets every EP agent wants for Christmas 2017

November 20, 2017 - By Christian West

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: gadget time.

We hope you’re ready for another installment of what has become a yearly ritual: our top gadget recommendations for your favorite EP pro. A lot of exciting and cool tech has popped up this year, and we hope you’ll find something you love in that bunch. Why 14? We had to stop somewhere.

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My favorite supplements for maintaining operational health as an executive protection professional

Sleep and executive protection
November 8, 2017 - By Martin Nielsen

Depending on whether the client is at home or traveling, executive protection professionals are often on the job 12-18 hours a day. So it’s no wonder that good food and sleep often end up way too far down the everyday priority list. In this blog, Martin Nielsen shares his favorite supplements to help busy EP agents stay healthy despite the odds.

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Epic EP failures: Now WHY did I do THAT?

October 20, 2017 - By Christian West & Jared Van Driessche

Everybody screws up. Some of us even admit it, if only after a few drinks.

In this blog, Jared Van Driessche and Christian West take an honest look at some of their most epic screw ups as executive protection agents. The names have been changed to protect the innocent – except for Christian’s and Jared’s.

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CES and Corporate Event Security: 6 Things Event Planners and CSOs Need to Know

Event security at CES
October 5, 2017 - By Christian West

In this blog, Christian West and corporate event security expert Antonio Revilla draw on years of CES experience to point out the six things that make CES interesting – and challenging – from a security perspective. 

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Travel intelligence for executive protection: How and when we use it in the real world

September 21, 2017 - By Christian West & Chris Hurst

In this blog, Christian West and guest blogger Chris Hurst join forces to examine the travel intelligence needs of executive protection professionals. Tasked with keeping people safe, happy and productive while on the road – this week in New York, next week in Nairobi – and with little time to read thick background reports, executive protection practitioners have distinct intelligence needs before, during and after every trip.

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Staying safe in Venezuela: How companies and NGOs can prepare to operate securely when regime change comes

September 5, 2017 - By Christian West & Rudy Diaz

Venezuela is in the news for all the wrong reasons.  Wracked by mounting political, economic and humanitarian crises, the security situation continues to go from bad to worse. 

While most observers believe things will get even worse before they get better, they also agree that Venezuela’s political course is unsustainable and that regime change in Venezuela is inevitable. Businesses and NGOs will at some point return – and they will need to travel to Caracas and many other locations. 

In this blog, Rudy Diaz and Christian West give a quick overview of what’s happening in Venezuela, and how executives can prepare to stay safe when visiting this troubled country.

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7 ways to improve security for pop-up retail events

August 22, 2017 - By Ray O’Hara, CPP

Pop-up retailing is growing – and so are the security challenges that come with it. In this blog we take a look at 7 ways security pros can mitigate risk without compromising the guest experience.

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Tactical readiness: Where the rubber meets the road in executive protection – and what far too many teams get wrong

tactical readiness
August 3, 2017 - By Christian West & Ivor Terret

Ensuring the tactical readiness of executive protection details is the number one responsibility of security management. It’s the backbone of quality control. And it’s the one thing that EP and other security practitoners consistently get wrong.

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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, CPP & 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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