Category - Blog

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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Burnout: When bad things happen to good executive protection agents

February 28, 2018 - - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen

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.

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The role of intelligence analysis in high net worth protection programs

February 16, 2018 - - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche

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.

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Secure travel support for high net worth families

January 31, 2018 - - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche

In this blog, we examine the special needs of high net worth individuals and families who want to travel safely.

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The ecosystem of high net worth family security: Four keys to understanding successful programs

January 18, 2018 - - By Christian West & Brian Jantzen & Jared Van Driessche

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.

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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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