Understanding global protective intelligence risks is essential to understanding your overall global threat assessment. Knowing who may be “dragging” a threat to your meeting is critical. Nation-State intelligence services exist to steal secrets — even yours.  It’s no secret that the world is a dangerous place. Organizations with international operations and executives traveling abroad face…

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Threat fatigue has become the norm. Planning and coordination are key to job actions. What is your duty of care? Some employees can come back with a vengeance. What key considerations should stakeholders make during the process? Violence in society and the workplace has become so common that it becomes a blur for many, creating…

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From a historical perspective, the perception of the kidnapping threat has driven the creation of many, if not most private executive protection teams. Threat of kidnappings is very low for high-net worth families and CEO’s in the United States. Notorious kidnapping cases helped shape the public perception of the need for protection for the rich…

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There are many considerations to keep in mind when looking to hire a protective intelligence analyst to support your corporate security operations. In our experience, the security industry (excluding infosec) generally offers a hiring manager limited standards by which to judge a candidate’s competence. This is doubly true for managers seeking to hire a protective…

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I learned surveillance tradecraft the hard way in the 1980’s, as chronicled in my memoir Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent (Random House, 2008). The course of history has been altered with significant protective intelligence failures and tragedies, from assassinations to school shootings, many caused by failing to notice or act on hostile surveillance. The…

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Due to protective intelligence failures, our efforts to identify surveillance was born out of necessity. Technology innovation continues to drive better protection tools. A mobile application enables the officer to rapidly identify persons or vehicles that pose a proximity risk. I’m a big believer in understanding how we got here. Due to protective intelligence failures,…

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I get asked all the time for reading lists on a range of topics, so here are a few thought provoking books (one of mine included!) on the topic of protective intelligence that I would recommend for your library. I’ve also added a few thoughts as to why I think the books are relevant. What…

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As anyone who has read my books knows, I was fortunate to have been a part of the creation of the protective intelligence practice within the State Department as a young special agent. As we raced around-the-world delving into attack after attack, we learned the hard way that guns, guards and gates could be defeated;…

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Since the 1960’s, every decade has brought new shifts in security. The pandemic will cause a new shift, technology solutions will help. Threats will shift to residences from corporate. We will return to the old. For those who know me, or have read my books or writings, you know that I am a student of…

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We first heard of COVID-19 back in December 2019 and since then, we never could have predicted what would have unfolded, especially in the last week or two. Our day-to-day work as protective intelligence professionals has changed dramatically. Not only are many of us working remotely in order to adhere to social distancing requirements, but…

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