We Cannot Forget the Importance of Operational Security

Being able to share information instantly with just a push of a button, the click on the keyboard, or in casual conversation, it’s easy to forget the importance of maintaining operational security for an EP assignment. Often, critical data is transmitted and shared throughout the assignment. Sometimes seemingly innocent factors such as particular Internet connections and casual conversation can be a hindrance and even potentially, a direct threat.

The five steps of operational security include determining the scope of critical information, developing threats, identifying weaknesses, calculating risks and ultimately implementing countermeasures. As professionals, when we address each of these areas there are multiple opportunities to make a mistake and reveal something that could be detrimental to the integrity of the assignment.… Read More

Security Changes on the Las Vegas Strip – FOX 5 Interview

Last week I interviewed with FOX5 in Las Vegas and was asked about changes in security on the Vegas Strip. The interview lasted quite a bit longer, but for the segment, they took a few soundbites and the story came out well. My colleague, Evan Levitt, advised that since 9/11, many of the casinos have already been doing quite a bit behind the scenes in working with The Fusion Center and Law Enforcement to identify and interview individuals who may cause concern. Another local colleague, Rich Diaz, has eight bomb dogs currently covering several of the major casinos and event centers.… Read More

Becoming a Chameleon: The Key to Understanding Corporate Culture from an Executive Protection Standpoint

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Corporate culture is by no means a new concept and both it’s significance and role in the Executive Protection (EP) world should come as no surprise. Growing up, we had a set of rules to follow in our own homes that may have differed from our friend’s parent’s rules. While we may have come from a very relaxed environment where wearing shoes inside the house and using curt language was acceptable most any time, this was not always the case when we went over to a friend’s home. We knew that over at Jimmy’s house, his mom did not allow any shoes on her carpet and during dinner, only his parents spoke.… Read More