We are not immune to attack and we owe it to our clients to be well versed on terrorism, and international conflicts, which could have domestic consequences. Ignore what’s going on overseas, and ignore terrorism and we face losing at home.
Why A Political Soloution With The Afghan Taliban Is So Important
A political solution with the Afghan Taliban must take place while there is still hope for one and before the situation morphs into something far worse! Afghans need and deserve a stable country in which to live their lives with hope for the future.
Protecting War Correspondents
Protecting War Correspondents is a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, you’re there to protect them from harm, and on the other, you’re paid to guide them into the most dangerous places on earth – often single-handedly.
Zero Day Vulnerabilities
There is no better time than now to dive into the world of zero day vulnerabilities. This article looks at how zero days behave, assesses some of the most infamous examples of them, and perhaps most importantly, provides best practices for how to deal with these elusive threats.
Non-Lethal Hostage Rescue
A non-lethal method of entry device that is being used by some of the world’s elite forces to punch the first entry point into a building is the ‘Wall-Breaker’. Terrorists will not expect a response team’s point of entry to be straight through a solid wall, the floor or ceiling.
Journalists Behaving Irresponsibly
What is it with hurricanes and journalists behaving irresponsibly in such extreme conditions? As a security advisor to media teams, I can hardly believe my eyes. Understandably, a lot of pressure comes from TV bosses, sat in warm, safe studios who want to compete with other network providers by having their employees take needless risks, but it’s time for individuals to take responsibility for their own safety and set an example to younger ‘green’ journalists entering the profession.
23 Top Travel Security Tips
What can you do to improve your travel security when away on an international business trip? There are many simple steps that you can take to aid your safety and by being aware of these you can greatly increase your chances of returning without serious incident. Adhere to these travel security tips to reduce the likelihood of an incident.
Be the Change You Want to See
Now is the perfect opportunity to train in different disciplines so that you are the complete package. Don’t wait until you’re unemployed to act. The time is NOW! Seize the opportunity and ‘be the change you want to see.’
RM & CM: DEFENCE IN DEPTH
The last article Defining protection: underpinning risk & crisis management suggested some of the areas for considerations when developing plans for asset protection. Here stakeholders and the holistic approach to protection were considered posing the questions, what do we seek to protect and what are the genuine threats to these assets? Continuing […]
UNDERPINNING RISK & CRISIS MANAGEMENT
For instance, a wealthy business client may have excellent close protection complete with burley guards, but may in actuality be under no more risk of attack than the average person on the streets. A higher risk to that individual may come from hackers compromising information that attracts media attention, yet this information is protected by little more than a reputable software Security system.
International Bodyguards and Working Armed
When considering traveling with weapons you need to ask yourself some simple questions to first ascertain the viability of working armed in a given country. If you are traveling internationally the chances are you will not be able to take firearms with you due to the laws in the country you are visiting, which you need to check before traveling. This can be a long and difficult process and will also put yourself and your project on the radar of the country you’re visiting before you even get there.
Colombia, A Chance for Peace?
In Colombia, A Chance for Peace BOGOTÁ – The world’s longest-running armed conflict could soon be coming to an end. Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have gone on for months in Havana, Cuba, but they have gathered steam following the re-election of Colombia’s President Juan Manuel […]
Hostile Environment Surveillance Operations
A look at Hostile Environment Surveillance Operations As a result of the privatization of Iraq in 2003 and the dramatic growth of private security operations in politically unstable and hostile environments, close protection professionals are finding themselves working in increasingly diverse environments that require highly specialized skills and training. One of those specializations […]
Obtaining & Maintaining Non Residency and SED
Obtaining & Maintaining Non Residency and SED (Seafarers Earning Deductions) New to the industry, got a contract working overseas and don’t know where to start? NON RESIDENCY You may have decided that a land-based career overseas is the one for you. There are many companies who are hiring sub-contractors to work for them […]
AN INSIGHT INTO OPERATING IN SOMALIA
Somalia, a lawless country located on the east coast of Africa, should be no stranger to anyone in the security industry. The hub of maritime piracy, an area that that has been at civil war for over thirty years and a country that many western governments have tried to tame, all to no avail.
The Untrained Negotiator
The Untrained Negotiator This article will focus upon guidance for the initial responder receiving a call in the middle of the night informing them that their Principal, employee, employer or loved one has been taken hostage. The actions taken by this person – the Untrained Negotiator often proves key to the successful outcome […]
Driving in Hostile Areas
Over a 24-year career, I have seen little need for evasive driver training, however, I have seen a great need for people to learn how to handle vehicles at high speed and in hazardous weather conditions. The main thing you need to practice is how to drive safely, identify any possible threats and avoid them.
FocusOn: YEMEN October 2013 Significant Events October 7: al-Qaeda (AQ) militants attacked a checkpoint in al-Bayda province, killing eight soldiers. Four other soldiers are missing. October 7: the Yemeni Air Force launched air strikes against AQ militants who were trying to attack a government complex in Shabwa. October 6: gunmen shot and killed a German […]
Kidnapping – a grim reality
Kidnapping – a grim reality Hostage survival training – is it needed by the CP operative? The very thought that an experienced security detail and their Principal could be taken hostage might seem remote to those who operate in this area. However the reality of this “it will never happen to me”, “I can’t […]
Pre-deployment Hostile Environment Training
The importance of conducting ‘quality’ pre-deployment hostile environment CP training The nature of the typical security contracts now being awarded to the many Private Security Companies (PSC’s) on the hostile environment circuit today, has seen a dramatic shift from well-funded government regeneration/infrastructure type contracts to those of a more commercial nature, such as the oil […]