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4 Current Trends of Executive Protection

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1. Executive protection goes beyond physical threats

Executive protection was, at one point, mainly the concern of law enforcement, military, and government officials. Professional services have now dominated the market and organizations are hiring in-house security professionals or outsourcing to private executive protection firms. Among this shift are the methods that security teams use to protect their executives. Gone are the days of relying solely on close protection as threats are now coming from all angles, including the Internet. With the different threats that are against your executive’s safety in this day and age, security teams need to be aware of these trends and understand how to efficiently detect and investigate threats across the Surface, Deep and Dark Web.   

2. Security teams are shifting to a converged security approach

Previously, executive protection was heavily focused on protecting the physical safety of an executive. While this is still a high priority, there has been a shift that requires security professionals to protect intangible assets, such as brand reputation and data privacy as it relates to their executives.

Online threats towards your VIPs not only jeopardize them individually but also the company as a whole. Whether it is an online impersonation of your executive or their confidential information being exposed to public and searchable records, this negative sentiment can lead to reputational damage to both your brand and your executive. It is important that security teams are able to detect incidents before they escalate to ensure that the brand does not suffer and your executive’s reputation is protected.

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3. The Internet can be your biggest weakness or your major line of defense

An industry that was formerly the concern of physical security now requires a converged security approach. There needs to be a stronger relationship between those gathering intelligence behind the computer and security professionals on the ground. The convergence of cyber and physical security will allow security teams to have better communication and broaden their scope of intelligence that couldn’t be otherwise accomplished by operating in silos and solely focusing on either cyber or physical security.

4. Globalization has opened up a whole new level of threat

The Global Business Travel Association has estimated that organizations will spend $1.513 trillion USD in 2020 on corporate travel globally. The increase in globalization has impacted how executives do business. More and more companies are expanding into international markets which leads to executives spending more time in other countries. 

While your security team may have a strong strategy in place to protect your VIP in your domestic country, different countries pose different risks. Security teams need to understand how to use threat intelligence to maintain situational awareness while their executive travels. 

The need for ongoing situational awareness

Situational awareness has always been of high priority for executive protection. However, there has been a shift in how this information is collected and how the security team responds to this intelligence. Previously, situational awareness would be the responsibility of physical security professionals “on the ground”. Itineraries would be laid out in detail beforehand and there would be little to no real-time modifications. With the capabilities of technology, security teams are able to use the Internet to detect ongoing threats to ensure that the security teams are aware of any risks to their VIP at any given time. Using this holistic approach not only enhances the situational awareness of both the cyber and physical security teams but also provides them with the actionable intelligence they need to modify plans and ensure their executive’s safety every step of the way. 

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