Category - Blog
How to determine appropriate staffing levels for corporate executive protection programs
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.Read more
Burnout: When bad things happen to good executive protection agents
Job burnout, or work-related stress, is an ever-present risk for busy EP agents. While almost none of the alpha types in our industry are willing to admit it, many of us have worked the crazy hours that lead up to burnout – and more than a few of us have discovered the negative consequences of work-related stress too late.
In this blog, we take a look at what causes burnout, and what EP agents and managers – as well as our clients – can do to prevent it.Read more
The role of intelligence analysis in high net worth protection programs
Intelligence always informs good protection programs – or at least it should. In this blog, we examine how intelligence analysis plays an important role in high net worth protection programs. Intelligence analysts add value and boost the overall effectiveness of security efforts designed to protect individuals and their families whether at work, school, at home or while traveling – and should be more widely used.Read more
Secure travel support for high net worth families
In this blog, we examine the special needs of high net worth individuals and families who want to travel safely.Read more
The ecosystem of high net worth family security: Four keys to understanding successful programs
In this blog, we’ll examine the ecosystem of high net worth protection programs to understand the reasons why they succeed – and hopefully prevent program failure for more families.Read more
Forward thinking: 4 key challenges for the executive protection industry in 2018
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.Read more
How to prevent vehicle attacks
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.Read more
14 gadgets every EP agent wants for Christmas 2017
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.Read more
My favorite supplements for maintaining operational health as an executive protection professional
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.Read more
Epic EP failures: Now WHY did I do THAT?
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.Read more
CES and Corporate Event Security: 6 Things Event Planners and CSOs Need to Know
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.Read more
Travel intelligence for executive protection: How and when we use it in the real world
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.Read more
Staying safe in Venezuela: How companies and NGOs can prepare to operate securely when regime change comes
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.Read more
7 ways to improve security for pop-up retail events
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.Read more
Tactical readiness: Where the rubber meets the road in executive protection – and what far too many teams get wrong
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.Read more