• Featured Articles

    Managing a Cross-Cultural Security Force

    During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the United States Army conducted research on cultural differences and identified the following cultural dynamics: relationship to time, relationship vs. task orientation, relationship to authority, face saving behavior, and cultural differences in communication patterns as the biggest impediments to building trust and collaboration within [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    Tax Code Creates Lethal Vulnerability for Corporate Leaders

    U.S. tax codes don’t often have life-or-death consequences, but one section creates a potentially lethal vulnerability for some of America’s corporate leadership. This troublesome section deters persons who would be wise to employ executive security services from using them. For that reason, it is imperative to understand the code and [...]
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    Security Budgets May Get Clipped Again

    Low inflation and low interest rates constrain price increases, yet salary and wages, and health care costs continue to rise above the level of inflation. It is a bottom line squeeze. […]
  • Security News

    What is the PSC

    Since I have been talking up the Protective Security Council Conference (PSC) in the social media, I have been asked, “What is the PSC and what about this ‘new’ conference?”  First, the PSC is an organization of security professionals created and managed by Michael Nossaman.  He has a long history [...]
  • Secure Transportation

    A Tale of Two Attacks

    An Objective Look at Recent Vehicle Ambushes. Just how important is it for a Protective Detail Leader or Security Manager to be able to recognize the indicators and warnings associated with various threats and understand the capabilities of potential attackers? The answers can be found by taking a closer look [...]
  • Security News

    PPS, MMA, UFC. What Do They Have in Common?

    I don’t know anything about Futbol (soccer).  I don’t know anything about UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).  The parentheses are for others like me. I do, however, know something about hiring a PPS (Personal Protection Specialist). I also know that there are people who are as [...]
  • Security News

    New Standards For Workplace Violence Prevention And Incident Investigations

    Two documents published in 2011 put new demands on businesses to implement effective safety measures to reduce the incidence of workplace violence. In September, OSHA issued a compliance directive that establishes uniform procedures for its field staff when responding to incidents and complaints of workplace violence and conducting inspections in industries considered [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    New Employee Misclassification Interpretation – A Warning To Security Companies

    The Federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), continues to aggressively pursue a crackdown on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  Below is the preamble to a new DOL Administrator’s Interpretation of the rules for pursuing enforcement action against employers that misclassify workers. While it is not [...]
  • Executive Services

    Basics of Building a Tactical “Go Bag”

    For military, police, and security professionals, the career demands that we are prepared to respond to a variety of threats and that we have the right equipment on us or with us to adequately respond. Beyond the professionals, many “civilians” have taken an interest in their personal safety and want [...]
  • Security News

    ADVANCE: The Guide For Conducting A Protective Security Advance

    ADVANCE The Guide For Conducting A Protective Security Advance by David L. Johnson Finally, someone has written a detailed book about how to conduct an Advance – the most important function of the protective security agent. This is an incredible book. It covers all the important, and sometimes gritty tasks, [...]
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    You Want ME to Search for a Bomb?

    The policy of many organizations, in response to a bomb threat call, is immediate evacuation, especially in a location that is open to the general public.  There may be instances where evacuation is the best decision, but in the majority of cases, an emergency evacuation may actually put untrained personnel [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    The U.S. Department of Labor Is About To Commit “White Collar” Crime

    A new labor rule will double the minimum salary for overtime exemption. It will put millions of salaried workers back on the time-clock and create additional administrative burdens on employers.  by Michael Nossaman One of the rewards of working is getting promoted. It signals that your personal effort has been [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    Turkey Tossing. OSHA Issues Security Guidelines For That

    Just out of college, in 1971 I worked as a writer for an advertising agency that had a number of retail clients. One of our clients, a small appliance retailer, wanted to do a Thanksgiving promotion. In keeping with the theme of the holiday, he decided to give away turkeys. [...]
  • Security News

    IRS Issues New Meals & Entertainment Deduction Rules

    Let's Do Lunch! In the good old days, the three-martini lunch was part of doing business and you could deduct 100% of the cost. The steak and lobster dinner followed by floor seats at the [...] This content is for PSC members only. If you are a member, please log [...]
  • Executive Services

    Protective Intelligence Fundamentals and Challenges

    What is “Protective Intelligence?” To the executive protection analyst plugging away in a 24-hour operations center, protective intelligence is one thing. To the security consultant with an MA or MS in psychology, protective intelligence means something else. And to the US Department of Justice, or the US Secret Service, it [...]
  • Career Development

    Get Better At Networking

    In business, the goal of networking is to get something of value. For many, that means a new job or more business.  Unfortunately, for most people, their networking strategy and tactics will never work.  They launch a full frontal assault by loading up with contacts; boosting their LinkedIn connections to [...]
  • Risk Assessment

    Is Taking Risk Worth The Money?

    Do you ever feel like character in a Geico commercial? “A security risk assessment will help reduce the chance of loss.” “Everybody knows that.” “Well, did you know that many CEOs don’t think of risk that way?” Security practitioners by and large know what risk assessment is and its value, [...]
  • Featured Articles

    The Security Driver Triangle

    Getting from point A to point B safely and securely requires the interaction between the driver, the vehicle and the environment they drive through. THE DRIVER, THE MACHINE, and THE ENVIRONMENT is called the Security Driver’s Triangle. If there is an accident or a successful ambush it is caused by [...]
  • Career Development

    Emergency First Aid For Gunshot Wounds

    If you carry a firearm as part of your job, or are a civilian who carries for personal protection, it is imperative that you know what to do to save yourself or others from dying from a survivable gunshot wound.  That means knowing more than just basic first aid.  The [...]
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    Does Your Executive’s Salary & Compensation Package Create Risk?

    I was reading a nationally known newspaper on January 3rd, 2008, that read, “Top CEOs have already earned average year’s pay.” Though I’ve been assisting security professionals and developing programs supporting such senior executives for over two decades now, the fact that it was only three days into the year [...]
  • Articles

    A Secondary EP Role Does Not Mean Second Class

    This mission and my team were an afterthought.  C-suite executives, including the CEO, and spouses of a major U.S. multi-national investment bank were coming to a Hong Kong conference.  Protecting those executives during their busy days of on-site and off-site meetings and presentations was essential.  The bank’s U.S headquarters Human [...]
  • Career Development

    Becoming A Trusted Advisor. What Does It Take?

    I had the honor of speaking at a Protective Security Council conference during which I heard an oft-repeated question among other executive protection practitioners in attendance, and incorporated into a number of other conference seminars and presentations: “What does it take to become a trusted advisor to protectees on matters [...]
  • Security News

    Should We Talk or Just Kill Each Other?

    One reaction to the attempted killing spree during the U.S. Congress intramural baseball practice is a call for civil discourse. Public nastiness is now common and accepted. Left unchecked, murder may become a common way to win an argument or at least have the final word. But what is civil [...]
  • Risk Assessment

    Security Risk Analysis of Hostile Environments

    For companies operating in hostile environments, corporate security has historically been a source of confusion and often outsourced to specialised consultancies at significant cost. Of itself, that’s not an inappropriate approach, but the problems arises because, if you ask three different security consultants to carry out the same security risk [...]
  • Marketing

    10 Things You Can Do Today To Grow Your Security Business

    In my coaching business I hear clients cite many of the same problems and needlessly struggle to find answers. As you read through this list imagine what your security business would look like today if one year ago you had done these 10 things. Take control of your time. Most [...]
  • Executive Services

    PRINCIPAL PROTECTION; Lessons Learned

    PRINCIPAL PROTECTION; Lessons Learned The Evolution of Protective Operations by R.E. “Rick” Colliver Available now from Varro Press Protection, like any other process, is evolutionary. And we should agree that a large part of any evolutionary process is failure, which is another way of saying “learning through our mistakes.” As [...]
  • Featured Articles

    Making Sure They Get It Right The First Time And Every Time

    Finding The Right Transportation Provider One of the many challenges that corporate security professionals face is maintaining adequate security for their executives and other key personnel as they go about their daily business. Often times, these challenges are far greater when those folks are traveling beyond the umbrella of protection [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    Security Company Loses Stadium Contract and License Over Hiring Practices

    Brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation of his team taking on their archrival Green Bay Packers, a Minnesota Vikings fan approached a stadium entry gate. It was the first 2016 home game in the new $1.2 billion U.S. Bank Stadium.  Entering a stadium security checkpoint is not normally a noteworthy event, [...]
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    Packages and Gestures

    Carrying contraband or carrying something hazardous to public safety will be different than how a person carries routine items or packages. The differences we look for are very clear and very obvious once you know what they are. by Dr. Robert Rail Packages – we see them around us every [...]
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    Security Officers Are Not Independent Contractors Court Says

    Company Also Violated Record Keeping Rules The employment of independent contractors in the security industry is common. It is a useful and convenient method to increase the number of personnel needed or to offer specialized [...] This content is for PSC members only. If you are a member, please log [...]
  • Leadership

    CEO: “I Take Responsibility for Security.” What does that mean?

    An all too common response in the aftermath of a security incident serious enough to draw scrutiny and criticism is for the organization’s CEO to declare, “I take responsibility.” If this mea culpa is proclaimed boldly enough and with an air of authenticity it might actually be viewed as noble [...]
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    Executive Services

    The High Cost of Not Doing a Hotel Advance

    It is a common practice that hotels around the world require guests to use or show a room card for entry, especially late at night. It is also common for competent protection specialists to give advance notice to hotel security staff that their principal is in residence and will be [...]
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    The Psychology of Risk

    An Interview with Dr. Gavriel Schneider How do high levels of comfort and safety affect our attitude toward risk and how does this impact our level of preparedness and ability to respond to risky situations? To answer those questions I asked Dr. Gavriel Schneider, an expert on integrated risk management, [...]
  • Executive Services

    No Need For High Speed Paparazzi Evasion. Just Outsmart Them

    There are two parts to this narrative about how we took care of an A-List Hollywood star during his visits to China as a brand ambassador for our client, an international tier one luxury brand.  The first is how Abate Risk Ltd leveraged personal information we gathered about him to [...]
  • Management

    Beware the Obamacare Syndrome

    Do you have an idea to improve efficiency, cut costs, increase revenue, or expand?  Think it’s such a good idea that it will work flawlessly and everyone will hail you the conquering hero? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a good example of how to really [...]
  • Featured Articles

    Tips for Becoming or Hiring an Independent Contractor

    The Federal government and the states recognize Independent Contractor (IC) as a legitimate worker classification.  However, either knowingly or unknowingly, employers sometimes incorrectly misclassify workers as ICs instead of employees. “Employee” is generally the default status the government assumes in ambiguous circumstances.  Worker misclassification is an expensive and time-consuming mistake. [...]
  • Featured Articles

    Scenario Based Force On Force Training

    Nothing Beats Using Training Munitions! Ok, I’m about to give my age away here but it is a risk worth taking, so here goes: A long time ago, in a land far, far away (Kentucky) I joined the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a Military Policeman in a Combat [...]
  • Surveillance

    Making the Case for Surveillance Detection

    Someone once told me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess that statement is true to some extent. As I’m watching the world of terrorism continue to evolve, observe the growing phenomenon of “homegrown terrorists,” and […]
  • Articles

    The Fine Art Of Facilitation Reduces Risk

    After three-and-a-half years of savage war that killed over 250,000 people and dislocated 6 million more in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the warring parties of what was known as the Bosnian War met in Dayton, Ohio to negotiate a peace.  On December 14, 1995 in Paris, they [...]
  • Career Development

    Research The Private Security Firms That Are Best For Your Career

    Post 9/11 America is stacked with private security companies that specialize in everything from executive protection to corporate security to overseas contracts.Discovering which private security firm best fits a candidate’s skillset, ambition, and personality is no easy task.Smart candidates, however, ask the hard questions and conduct their own research to [...]
  • Legal & Regulatory

    Congress Will Try Again To Crack Down On Independent Contractor Misclassification

    With No Fanfare, Congress Re-Introduces the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2014 to Crack Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification by Richard J. Reibstein, Esq. Most bills in Congress dealing with independent contractor misclassification are introduced with a great deal of fanfare. But not so with the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act [...]
  • Executive Services

    VIP Press Coverage and Executive Protection

    The media frenzy spawned by the BP oil well spill and the government’s response to the disaster reminds us that the security agent plays an integral role in managing the way a story gets reported and, therefore, the public perception of the company or government agency. Even a good PR [...]
  • Marketing

    Branding Your Company’s Executive Protection Services

    How do you create a brand? One of the key elements is market positioning. Branding begins by formulating a strategy that differentiates you from your competition. Part this process is creating a one word positioning statement. For example, Volvo’s word is “safety,” Victoria Secret’s is “sexy.” What is yours? […]

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