EXECUTIVE PROTECTION

for High-Profile Individuals

Protective services are as old as human civilization. High-profile individuals throughout history have hired strong men, military experts, and security specialists to keep them, their families, and their assets safe.

The security professional field has evolved to meet the needs of modern society and now primarily serve high-net-worth individuals and public figures (i.e., CEOs, celebrities, and politicians). This suite of security services, including close protection and support services, is now called Executive Protection.

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What is Executive Protection?

The most well-known example of executive protection is the US Secret Service protecting the President— but this is an extreme case.

Many people need executive protection due to the nature of their work or public exposure. For example, CEOs of corporations, celebrities, musicians, politicians, and high-net-worth individuals may live under consistently high threat levels. While their security measures may be much smaller than the President’s, they still require executive protection to reduce their risk profile.

Executive Protection has two foundational elements:

1. The security company

  • Recruits and manages qualified agents
  • Maintains regular training and supervision of agents
  • Ensures compliance with state and local regulations
  • Carries the financial and legal liability for physical injury or death of agents, clients, or attackers
  • Takes responsibility for any damage resulting from the actions of individual agents (errors and omissions coverage)

2. The agents and support staff:

  • Work in shifts to provide security coverage
  • Typically, work in a security detail of 1-3 agents
  • Work with support staff to handle security tech like surveillance systems and communications
  • Utilize risk assessment and threat detection tools to assist agents on the ground

 

Executive Protection performed at scale is often called Corporate Security (or Commercial Security). For example, Corporate Security may involve individual executive protection for multiple board members, C-suite members, or key employees— in addition to overseeing campus security operations like access control, patrols, and surveillance systems.

The client’s budget and threat profile determine the amount of executive protection coverage they maintain.

Executive Protection as Physical Security (Close Personal Protection)

The term Executive Protection (EP) is often used interchangeably with Close Personal Protection (CPP) — because close protection is a crucial element of executive protection. Executive Protection Agents must maintain close physical proximity to keep clients safe from any physical harm and be prepared to respond quickly to any physical threat.

These agents commonly protect clients at private residences, offices, public spaces, private event locations, and during travel.

How Executive Protection Works

Executive Protection serves clients in a few different ways:

  1. Pre-planning to avoid security situations. For example, is the client attending an event? Their security team may research the venue and guest list for potential security threats and develop a plan to keep their client safe. They will also plan out escape routes in the event a situation occurs. They may also recommend that their client not attend a specific event because of particular security concerns they discover during a risk assessment.

     

  2. Real-time threat detection and evasion. Physical protection relies on well-trained executive protection professionals to use their instincts “on the ground” to quickly get clients out of security situations as soon as they arise. First, agents must be aware of their surroundings at all times— for example, by actively scanning crowds or using surveillance tools. Then, when a physical risk situation develops, agents must respond quickly— usually to get their client out of harm’s way as soon as possible.

  3. Tactical response. Finally, and as a last resort, physical security means using physical violence— usually martial arts or armed security— to respond tactically to an imminent threat. When an attack occurs, executive protection agents must be ready to put their lives on the line to defend their clients from personal risk. Physical security risks are always a possibility when protecting clients, a factor that executive protection agents must be prepared for.

Many people need executive protection due to the nature of their work or public exposure.

Executive Protection as Data / Information Security

The same people who need Executive Protection also need to guard against digital risks. Here are a few examples of public information threats:

  • Data breaches (sensitive information posted on websites or social media – i.e., private addresses, phone numbers, credit card info).
  • Photo leaks
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Cyberstalking
  • Physical stalking with digital tools (i.e., social media analysis to discover your routine or malware to track your device’s location)
 

Cyber risks can threaten your physical safety, mental health, and business operations. An Executive Protection threat assessment will help develop a tailored response plan to minimize damage caused by cyberattacks.

An Executive Protection threat assessment will help develop a tailored response plan to minimize damage caused by cyberattacks.

Who Needs Protection Services?

Everyone wants to be safe, but some people are more in danger than others. These people may be referred to as High-Risk Individuals or VIP clients. Here are some examples of people who may need executive protection services:

Business Executives

When a company reaches a certain level of public exposure, leadership’s identities become public knowledge and the threat levels for the organization and key individuals are directly correlated. Public sentiment, the intensity and nature of the competition, and the political climate where the business operates are a few of the critical considerations when assessing a corporate threat level.

In a high threat environment, corporate executives may be at risk of kidnapping, assault, or being targeted for intellectual property theft. Unfortunately, these risks also extend to the families and close personal friends of key leaders. An Executive Protection Agent will know the best ways to keep a Business Executive as well as their family and friends safe.

Everyone wants to be safe, but some people are more in danger than others.

Celebrities & Influencers

Celebrities and influencers live under a higher threat level because of public awareness and general interest in their lives— as well as public knowledge of their financial success. In addition, influencers, in particular— and celebrities in general— are at high risk of stalking behavior because they publish far more personal information that can be used to track their movements and schedule (for information on stalking, HAVN Security has a detailed article on the risks and warning signs).

Being well-known can have many benefits, but investing in executive protection is often necessary for doing business.

Politicians & Public Figures

All public figures carry a high-risk level due to higher levels of public exposure, but political figures are particularly vulnerable to people who disagree with their policies— including foreign actors. There are also psychological disorders that lead mentally ill people to target politicians and other public figures— particularly psychosis and delusional disorder.

Fame, money, and power can motivate a certain percentage of the population to commit criminal acts— and finding a way to live a healthy, productive life as a politician often includes executive protection teams by their side.

Being well-known can have many benefits, but investing in executive protection is often necessary for doing business.

High-net-worth individuals and family members

It’s a great privilege to be born into a wealthy family, but it’s also an inherent security risk. Resentment over these financial assets can be a source of violent conflict.

Kidnapping, ransom, extortion, burglary, and theft. As a high-net-worth individual, you are an obvious target. While insurance can reimburse for lost financial value, the collateral physical or emotional damage of a criminal attack is not easily repaired. As a high-net-worth individual or family, high-threat protection is worthy of your consideration, and an Executive Protection Agent or team can ease these concerns.

Anyone Handling Valuable Objects

From a high-end jeweler at the mall to the marijuana dispensary down the road, some businesses naturally carry more security risk than others. If you are housing or transporting valuable products, your business is a target for both petty and organized criminals. Armed robbery is often associated with bodily harm and mental distress of owners and employees.

You may choose to rely on public resources (police, FBI), but they will only be responding after the physical threat. A proactive option is to hire private security with the capability of an actual tactical response to any attack, which is why executive protection is a great option.

As a high-net-worth individual or family, high-threat protection is worthy of your consideration, and an Executive Protection Agent or team can ease these concerns.

People with a Direct Threat to their Lives

(special circumstances)

If someone in your life has made it clear that they want you dead, you’ll want to take precautions as soon as possible. Do not let these security threats ruin your present or kill your future. If the police are unhelpful, another option is to contact an executive protection firm with trained professional agents.

In addition to the previously mentioned categories, executive protection is also for the following individuals in special circumstances:

  • Recently divorced persons who want to protect themselves from a former spouse
  • Anyone with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend who poses a threat due to stalking, obsessive behavior, or other threatening activities
  • Anyone who has recently come into a large amount of money— especially when the information is public
  • Anyone who has secret information that threatens the lives or livelihoods of dangerous people
  • Anyone who is is involved in a court case and must testify against dangerous people

If the police are unhelpful, another option is to contact an executive protection firm with trained professional agents.

About Global Risk Solutions, Inc.

Global Risk Solutions, Inc. is a trusted provider of executive protection for some of Northern California’s top CEOs. We offer a wide range of agents and support staff to provide custom and comprehensive security coverage. Our executive protection team is composed of both men and women that are:

  • Former Military personnel (special forces to the highest levels)
  • Licensed professionals in various fields (Law Enforcement, private investigators, licensed private security officers)
  • Individuals trained by Global Risk Solutions, Inc.’s highly skilled instructors on topics such as team dynamics, intelligence gathering, surveillance detection operations, driving courses, weapons, and specialized topics

When you hire Global Risk Solutions, Inc., you can expect courteous and professional agents who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure your safety.

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