How to Improve Situational Awareness in the Seattle Workplace

situational awareness seattleJust because you have an executive protection team on your company’s premises, this doesn’t mean employees have no responsibility when it comes to security. Staff members need to be educated in situational awareness practices to maintain optimal safety at work.

What Is Situational Awareness?

Situational awareness means being aware of your surroundings, including the location, people, and events occurring within your immediate vicinity. The idea is to actively scan for potential threats, wrongdoing and suspicious activity. It’s something all executive security personnel are trained in. Staff members from the CEO to entry-level workers should also receive basic risk assessment training.

Make Situational Awareness a Part of the Onboarding Process

One good way to accomplish this safety measure is by having all new employees undergo a basic situational awareness course as part of their orientation.Read More

Helpful Security Consulting Services in Seattle

Security Consulting Services in Seattle | Premier Risk SolutionsIs your company designing a new security program or attempting to retrofit an existing system to a new facility in Seattle? Seeking security consulting services may be the best course of action. A private security service company will be able to help achieve all your goals, no matter how big or complicated. They can also supplement your in-house team in many ways. Consider some of the most common ways consulting services can help.

Site Selection

Security consulting services include site selection assistance for expanding or transitioning companies. To ensure the success of your corporate security program right out of the gate, it’s important to include the security department in the planning process.Read More

Top 11 Event Safety Practices for Reopening

reopening safelyAs the United States continues to plan for its reopening post the COVID-19 pandemic crisis of early 2020, events of all scales and sizes from the small gathering of a handful of people to larger stadium-sized gatherings of thousands of people are a big part of the US economy.  Data sourced from the Events Industry Council in their 2016 US economic significance study indicated there were 5.9m jobs with $249b of labor income generated from them, $104b of taxes at all levels and $446b towards US gross domestic product.  Since the 2020 study is not yet available, 2016 was the most recent to review these statistics. … Read More

How to RedTeam Test to Address Security Flaws

Red Team testing, or otherwise known as physical security penetration testing (pen test), occurs more often than is typically discussed amongst perhaps more sexy topics in the security industry like Executive Protection, Workplace Violence Prevention, or Event Security.  However, the benefits learned if the red-teaming is done well can help solidify the very essential elements of a good security program.

Having administered in the proximity of 200+ pen tests over the course of the last half dozen years approximately I can say that no two tests often happen to be the same.  Varying up days of the week and times of the day that tests are conducted will help ascertain the most robust, holistic information regarding a security program. … Read More

Security’s Primary Service: The Road to Comfort

road to comfortHow prophetic of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his inaugural address in 1933, when he uttered those famous words, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance…” While the context at the time was far different than our experiences today, these words aptly describe how workers are feeling in 2019. I have been fortunate to work in the public and private sector for over 30 years. Never in my career have I experienced the level of fear in the workplace I see today.… Read More

Connecting the Dots in the World Around You

Acumen Capacity Index™ Series: Systems Judgment

Today we continue our discussion on Acumen Capacity in the protection industry series. In this article, we will focus on the third of six dimensions “Systems Judgement”.

Systems Judgment is the development of the capacity to recognize systems and order in the world. This might include activities such as thinking and planning, concepts and idea development, authoritative order (laws, policies, rules, and procedures), and understanding big picture & long-term objectives.

The capacity to understand how the world around you fits together along with the cause and effect is not universal. Some individuals with high clarity can quickly and easily see patterns, understand the why behind actions, and make better decisions.… Read More

Does the Way We Think Really Matter?

Does the Way We Think Really Matter?

Acumen Capacity Index™ Series

Today we continue our discussion on Acumen Capacity in the protection industry series. In this article, we will focus on the second of six dimensions “Practical Thinking”.

According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences “Practical thinking is based on natural ways of thinking such as considering multiple perspectives, adapting thinking to situations, looking for hidden assumptions, and following guidelines for reasoning”. (Fallesen, Michel, Lussier, & Pounds, 1996). It is the capacity for common sense in decision making and problem-solving to achieve goals.… Read More

The Value of Value Proposition for Security

Building a business case for security can often be a daunting task, presenting multiple challenges.  Now there’s a solution, one that works and makes good business sense.  It’s defining the real and measurable value your security business brings to any organization.  We’ll discuss how to calculate the real value Corporate Security brings to an organization.  It’s called Value Proposition, and it works.

The realization that the sum total of all our efforts was not producing the results we needed led us to look at applying proven business skills to Corporate Security. We asked ourselves about the basic business function of Security, that we couldn’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods, and expect to be successful in the future.… Read More

Do you understand the true potential of your team?

Acumen Capacity Index Series

What if I could hand you a crystal ball for your talent selection and hiring decisions? How awesome would that be? What if you could know in advance your talents potential for success, risk of turnover, potential conflicts and more all before they occur? These are a few benefits of job benchmarking and predictive analytics.

How amazing would it be to see under the surface of your existing talent and future applicants to see if they have the Capacity to do the job or the assignment? Using the most current validated and reliable tools that meet EEOC and OFCCP requirements we can provide powerful insights.… Read More

DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION NEED A SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (SOC) or a Global Operations Center (GSOC) ?

Whether your business is global or local, at some point real-time security information and operations will be vital to the continuity of your business. Some larger companies have created a Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) that may also include regional centers. Other firms create a Security Operations Center (SOC) that helps manage security and resources within a single state or region. For this article we will use the term SOC for simplicity, as not all companies are global in footprint.

This article will provide some insight into some of the considerations our clients have wrestled with, the GSOC/SOC benefits they seek, and some steps we use to design a SOC.… Read More