Establishing a Budget for Private Security Services in Seattle

private security SeattleIf you need private security services for your business in Seattle, it’s important to secure services that fit your budget. Whether you’re interested in security consulting or digital forensics, establishing a realistic amount of money to spend is essential. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on the safety of your personnel, clients and property, determining how much you can afford to pay a security company doesn’t have to be difficult. Keeping the following tips in mind can help you establish a realistic budget.

Research Average Pricing

First, spend some time researching the average cost of private security services in your area.… 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

How to Operate Ethically in Private Security

Let’s start by advising that this is intended to be a high level overview and not a state-by-state or metropolitan jurisdictional driven breakdown.  However, if you are looking for such a thing, this is as decent a resource as one will find out on the net for information for a consolidated breakdown. Although we recommend going directly to the governmental entity in each respective state to illicit information directly from them as laws & statutes can change from year-to-year.

As a 2010 US Department of Justice funded research report points out, private security is an essential element of protecting persons as well as intellectual & physical property of business’ today. … Read More

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


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

Security Transformation & The Competitive Advantage – What Phase is Your Enterprise In?


Often times in in our consulting practice we hear from our clients and prospective clients that they are missing a policy or procedure, gates or guns, cameras or access control components that they desire to have in place.  This may all be very well appropriate perhaps for the organization, however, what often times occurs is a disconnect with the enterprise security risk management plan.  All organizations regardless of their size need to have a plan in place.  Some will be required to be more robust than others.  Some don’t have one & know they need one and, although rare, some don’t realize a need for one at all, whether it be out of ignorance or negligence.… Read More

The evolving terrorism threat impact for U.S. companies: A Case Study – Turkey

In an ever changing and evolving threat from terrorism, we all look for viable solutions that are economically feasible, meet the duty of care requirement and do not complicate business.  Often times we forget the implications the Global War on Terror has for our business operations overseas.  I recently completed a survey that was focused on whether business should pull out of Istanbul or remain.  The question couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.  While I was planning my impending travel to the city where East meets the West, I found myself looking closely at the travel risk as well as whether it was feasible to curtail travel by our business units. … Read More

In-House Security Staff vs. Contractors

Over the years, I’ve been asked to participate in surveys from security peers where the primary objective was to determine how many full time staff (aka FTE’s, proprietary, or In-House resources) vs. contractors we have. One specific request was from a security director of a fortune 500 company who invited me to participate in an all-day benchmarking session to discuss proprietary FTE staffing models. The company had just reorganized and his new VP questioned their current security staffing model. I think the security director regretted inviting me because I told him he was way overstaffed with FTE’s and could effectively run his business with less FTE’s and more contractors.… Read More