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The importance of observation skills for Executive Protection Agents

Today, we would like to analyze a very important skill for EP agents that is not being addressed or taught in EP schools but is extremely important. Presently, as we have all seen, there is a lot of talk about prevention and proactive measures but less talk or none at all, regarding what it takes to actually prevent a situation and how one can train to improve these skills. For an agent to be able to prevent a situation, he/she will need to have sharp observation skills. Observation is part of human nature and, as a protective measure, has been…

LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Security Professionals

Security professionals can benefit from optimizing their LinkedIn profiles. If you have been job hunting for the last two years, you are aware of how many hiring companies are including your LinkedIn profile link in the application process. Have you ever wondered why? LinkedIn has changed and evolved in the last few years. Today, it’s not only a professional networking platform but also a place where someone can find educational and valuable information (articles and posts), they can exchange opinions, and learn from other professionals so they can stay current with the latest industry trends. According to Statista, LinkedIn is the seventh fastest…

Job scams in the security industry

Lately, there have been a lot of reports from colleagues regarding job scams within the security industry with scammers posing as recruiters or hiring companies’ employees offering a job and requiring candidates to pay fees using the justification of a training costs, work visa, travel expenses, background checks, etc. Keep in mind that there are many people desperate to get a job and support their families, as well as the fact that they are operating within an industry that in many countries has no standards and is not regulated by official governmental authorities. This leads to a trend of less…

Boys aggressively targeted on Instagram and Snapchat, analysis of Cybertip.ca data shows

Parents, pay attention! “Adolescent boys are being targeted primarily on social media giants Instagram® and Snapchat® as part of an ongoing sextortion crisis, an analysis of July Cybertip.ca data by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) shows.For the month of July 2022, Cybertip.ca has opened case files for 322 victims of sextortion:When the gender victim was known, 92 percent of cases involved boys or young men;Sixty‑three percent of victims reported they did not disclose the incident to trusted person;Fifty percent of victims were under than 18 years of age, 37 were 18 years or older. In 13 percent of cases, the victim’s age…

‘Wren Eleanor’ TikTok movement inspires moms on social media to remove photos of kids: ‘Sick people’

TikTok sleuths noticed that users were saving videos of 3-year-old Wren Eleanor in concerning numbers For years, security professionals have been repeatedly sounding the alarm in regards to the extreme danger of parents posting their children’s pictures or videos online. Your child’s adoring pictures or videos can be downloaded, used, and, quite often, photoshopped in horrific circumstances by pedophile rings, child traffickers, and ‘kiddie porn’ websites. What to you is “cute” and “adoring,” or a great way to draw more followers or make money as an influencer account, is for these insidious others “attractive,” “sexually stimulating,” or “erotically arousing”! Evil…

How to eliminate some ”new guy” mistakes in EP (certificates, association memberships, licenses)

Even though I addressed this subject over twelve years ago, the same still rings true. In the world of executive protection/close protection, there are already so many distractions, pitfalls, and misunderstandings that I believe there is a veritable need to, again, address the distinction and perceived necessity surrounding certifications, licenses, and memberships/associations that so many new practitioners fall prey to in their quest to achieve their career goals of becoming a truly professional executive protection or close protection agent. Let’s take a few minutes and see if we can answer a couple of your important questions and get you headed…

Residential Security-It is more important than you think

What do celebrities like Piers Morgan, Tyler Perry, Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell, Ariana Grande, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Dorit Kemsley, Bella Thorn, Kelly McGillis, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West… (Yeah, the list is a bit long, isn’t it? Wait though, we’re not done yet…), Sandra Bullock, Selena Gomez, David and Victoria Beckham, Christine Quinn, P.Diddy, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Kelly Clarkson, Scott Disick, Kendall Jenner, Charlie Hunnam, Taylor Swift, Cara Delivingne, Kylie Jenner, Harry Styles (We’ll have to end the list here so we don’t spend the fill page just…

Free Etiquette Training

In the corporate world, excellent etiquette means that you know how to act professionally and exercise proper manners in all aspects when engaging with others. You will be able to create a good impression, portray confidence, build strong business relationships, raise your productivity, and prevent any miscommunication issues. The following link is a great resource for free etiquette training and it covers many sectors such as Corporate, Interview, Clothing, Internet, Email, and other forms and genres of etiquette. #training #interview #business #etiquette #etiquettetips #etiquettetraining #freeeducation #securityservices #securityprofessionals #securitymanagement #corporatesecurity #professionalism #religiousetiquette #culturaletiquette #firstimpression

Russian Oligarchs Keep Getting In Troubles by Instagram Selfies

In our latest interview with expert Nick Barreiro, Chief Forensic Analyst of Principle Forensics, we discussed the security risks from any/all social media platform postings and how someone can obtain critical information from your pictures. If you haven’t watched the interview yet, please find it below According to Vice’s latest article, authorities have been following Instagram profiles of the women related to, or involved with, Russian oligarchs to obtain information about them, their holdings, accounts, and locate assets to seize/freeze by merely identifying and following the weakest link who posts the most. These women who act like ”influencers” or social…

”Stop posting pictures with your clients or from your security details” An interview with Nick Barreiro, Chief Forensic Analyst of Principle Forensics

Our interview with Nick Barreiro, Chief Forensic Analyst of Principle Forensics is available online. It was a pleasure, for us, to have this opportunity to discuss with Nick the ever popular subject of ”Don’t post pictures from your details, business trips or your clients and their ‘toys”. A subject that has been brought up for discussion hundreds of times and by many diverse colleagues, and even today there seems to be two categories: Those who say there is nothing wrong with it and it causes no threat or harm, and those who are against it and have been preaching it…

Child kidnapping prevention!

In this article Orlando “Andy” Wilson, talks about child kidnapping prevention. ”Children are especially vulnerable to kidnapping as their natural inquisitiveness can be exploited by kidnappers and pedophiles and most nannies or drivers are not security trained, also many kindergartens and schools have very low standards of security. And most parents think that something as horrific as having their child kidnapped will never happen to them… But is does happen, and in such cases prevention is far better than hoping for happy endings that the chances are, will not materialize. Deputies: Florida man arrested after 11-year-old girl fights off abduction…

Jussie Smollett’s Bodyguards Get Violent with Reporters

Performing close protective services for a public figure is a tedious task, to say the very least. It’s not easy and requires a great deal of skill and experience in dealing with crowds, fans, and media. You may think pushing people away or being physically overpowering is an accepted method, but you would be very wrong. Not to mention you will be 100% responsible for any injuries to the person that you pushed to the ground or roughly handled irresponsibly. “Hey, don’t shove me, man,” someone said. “You just knocked a man over!” one person said. A man with a…

Social Media Investigations and Monitoring for Risk Mitigation Purposes

The use of social media and the way it affects our lives and businesses have brought a new challenge to the security industry and the protective team’s responsibility. It gives the entire world the ability to look into people’s lives with the mere push of a button. Scandals are created, secrets exposed, and lives ruined. In the case of personal security, social media can be used in the advancement of a protective detail; however, one must know how to utilize it properly. Today, we will talk about Social Media Investigations and Monitoring. For those who are not aware of the term, as we utilize it in protection circles, Social Media Investigation and Monitoring is the process by which you can identify what is being said about your clients, a brand they represent, or the corporations with which they are involved and any threats or dangers that may exist in relation to those aspects. …

HELP free online courses

Are you aware of HELP online courses? The HELP online courses cover various human rights related topics, reflecting the different areas of work of the Council of Europe. Although the primary target group of the Council of Europe HELP courses are legal professionals (judges, prosecutors and lawyers), some interdisciplinary courses may involve other professionals such as security personnel. https://www.coe.int/en/web/help/courses

”Giving Back The Stage” Project – Presenting Kelly Sayre

This has been a project I have wanted to do for a long time. As a woman in the security industry, I had the pleasure and the luck to have worked along with some amazing female professionals from different parts of the world and security fields. Personally, I have been blessed with my networking contacts, developments, and public exposure. I feel like I owe a lot of my brands’ success to my relationship with my network and other colleagues. That is why I decided to “Give Back the Stage” to a different woman every month. Women don’t tend to be…

The importance of educating Security Personnel and Intelligence Analysts about biases

Bias is a topic that many industries like to avoid, and the security and intelligence industries are no exception. However, there is a profound need to discuss biases in regard to the security industry and when educating security practitioners and intelligence analysts. When the subject of biases has been raised in the past, the majority of commentators cannot seem to agree, in fact, they will often argue against the existence of biases and/or why there is a need to discuss them in the first place. In this article, we would like to address the topic of bias – what bias…

Providing EP services for Clients with Physical Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders

One of the biggest misconceptions for new Executive Protection practitioners is that they have an innocent and naive belief that they will land the best client, the one who is aware about what Executive Protection is, the one who is very active and physically trained, the one who will be following up with security directions, the one who will care about his/her agents’ wellbeing and the one who will be easy going and friendly. Yes, the perfect client does exist, but it may take you quite some time in your career to get one, if at all. Considering clients have…

The Multi-faceted Issue of Harassment

We are just now learning of and reading about the allegations of two personnel, one a security agent and the other an estate manager, who were previously employed by the household of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. As the two former employees have begun to file their respective lawsuits against the billionaire couple and their family-related corporate entities, we must finally face the uncomfortable conclusion that these incidents have actually occurred and that similar circumstances have been happening for some time all throughout the world and seem to be dramatically increasing.    “We were told to ‘keep our…

Contract Management for Security Providers

One of the biggest challenges that the majority of the security companies will have to deal with is not so much being able to obtain a contract, but to be able to properly maintain that contract once it’s signed and done. We are all quite aware of how many times the intricate contracts for various clients have changed hands over the years. While some might think it is hard to land a good contract, maintaining it professionally and properly while providing what you are being paid for may be very difficult for some companies. …

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