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Imagine if a year’s worth of your phone activity were exposed to the world. All of your web browsing history, texts, messages sent on so-called “encrypted messaging apps”, videos, photos suddenly exposed for the world to see.
Pretty scary, isn’t it?
Well, that’s exactly what happened to tech titan, Jeff Bezos, in May 2018.
On May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) exchanged WhatsApp messages. The message that MBS sent to Bezos contained a malicious file that infiltrated Bezos’ entire phone without his knowledge.
For the next eight months, Bezos conducted business and personal affairs (including his then-secret extramarital affair with Lauren Sanchez) on his compromised phone, not realizing that massive amounts of data were being extracted from his phone – to include scandalous photos and messages between himself and Sanchez.
There’s also a great amount of other compromised data from Bezos’ phone that the Saudis are privy to of which the public is unaware.
Many people use messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, etc. which are marketed as secure or encrypted, but they do not protect any aspect of your communications if your phone is already hacked, such as in the case of Bezos.
In fact, users of these messaging apps operate with a false sense of security because the apps are marketed as encrypted. However, if your phone’s security is breached, any “secure” messages and calls sent on these apps can be intercepted including who sent the message or call and who received it.
Additionally, many of these encrypted messaging apps are owned by big tech companies. So, while these apps use end-to-end encryption (on an uncompromised phone), this form of encryption only protects the contents of messages or calls, but not key identifying attributes of the messages or calls. It also does not protect you from spyware or malware.
Despite common misconceptions, these applications are not truly anonymous, requiring users to sign up using a phone number that can easily be traced back to them. Among other concerns, this has huge implications to a user’s physical security.
Opportunistic criminals and foreign governments regularly attempt to access users’ personal data to steal their identities, access and empty bank accounts, and hold users’ data for ransom. Many of these attacks are not hardcore hacks but are quite simple and take advantage of a user’s own behaviors.
Phishing attacks are simple attacks involve sending users normal-looking text messages, emails, images, or ads with a malicious link disguised as a trusted website. When the unsuspecting user clicks on this infected link, it infects their phone with malware.
Oftentimes, you won’t know that your phone has been infected with malware and depending on the type of malware itself it can access just about anything on your phone. It can even access your personal information and send it to hackers overseas to drain your bank accounts.
If you’re in the habit of signing into public WiFi networks and you’re at all concerned about your privacy, then this is a habit to immediately break.
Criminals and foreign government agencies, often hack into public WiFi found at coffee shops, hotels and airports, allowing them access to the online activity, passwords, files, and emails of everyone logged into that WiFi network.
Keeping communications and privacy safe requires two things: using a phone that is protected from compromise down to the hardware level and strong personal security habits and hygiene. A secure phone can protect you from attacks while also helping you adopt new cyber security habits and behaviors.
A secure phone is a specially modified phone that protects a user’s data in a myriad of ways.
For one, it will limit the types of apps and software that can be installed on the device. That’s because each time an app is installed on a phone, it introduces all the vulnerabilities that the app brings with it in its base code, updates, and code patches.
So, that means that common apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. won’t be installed. It also extends to many other utility applications that are commonly installed on your phone like Waze, Venmo, and many others.
That very fact may make a secure phone a non-starter option for some — but for those who are serious about their information security and physical security, it is a must.*
* Third-party apps can be installed onto a secure phone but these should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Secure phones should also regularly deploy security patches quickly to repair firmware and software vulnerabilities, as well as proactively identify and isolate malicious software. These patches should be pushed through a secure, controlled pipeline versus through an app store.
Voice calls and message contents are particularly vulnerable to compromise in transit across the internet and must be encrypted using end-to-end encryption.
To protect key identifying attributes about these calls and messages, the additional layer of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) should be used, and a good secure phone will include this feature. VPNs form an impenetrable tunnel that protects both the contents of the call or message itself and its key identifying attributes.
All files, photos, and messages stored on a secure phone must also be automatically encrypted.
Additionally, mobile devices must have their firmware programmed to allow the user to completely disable the phone’s internal radios (i.e., cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS). These internal radios are programmed to “leak” data to advertisers and government agencies, even when that connection appears to be completely switched off or the phone is in airplane mode.
An important security measure for a truly secure phone is the ability to identify and isolate malware as soon as it is introduced.
And as a last resort, the phone should have a self-destruct option. While it may seem like an exaggerated feature in spy flick, a secure phone provides the user the ability to wipe the device in the event of compromise. This should be triggered by a user-initiated sequence through a duress code or initiated by a remote administrator.
Had Jeff Bezos utilized a secure phone, the 2018 malware attack on his phone would have never been successful.
This is why elite security operatives and agencies use secure phones and other secure communications devices instead of regular off-the-shelf smartphones. This is especially true for high-threat protection operations.
At Hyperion, our agents utilize specialized secure phones which we also recommend to clients. This is particularly necessary when the client is a corporate executive, political leader, high net worth individual, or an individual or team traveling to a high cyber threat environment like Mexico, Iran, Russia, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, etc. and needs an untraceable phone.
Hyperion uses custom secure phones that are designed by elite former cyber security professionals from the NSA and are manufactured in the US with a trusted supply chain.
The most secure phone you can buy is easier to use and more affordable than you think. For $1,500 per month, you can get a secure phone with unlimited global calling and data that allows you to securely communicate with others and to protect your personal data from criminals, big tech companies, governments, and the rest of the internet.
Additionally, every phone comes with 24/7 access to Hyperion’s security advisors, on-call technical support, and secure courier of the phone by a Hyperion security agent, to any location in the world, at no additional cost.
Protecting corporate and personal data on your phone requires robust, layered security measures. Secure messaging apps are rife with vulnerabilities and only build a false sense of security, often putting users at greater risk of compromising sensitive information.
If you’re serious about your personal privacy and physical security when traveling, protect your communications and your data with a secure phone. To find out more about the secure phones that we use at Hyperion, visit our information page or talk to one of our security advisors for a demo
** Please note that secure phones and usage demos are only available to US citizens. Certain exceptions may apply and are determined on a case-by-case basis.
“Static security detail” is exactly what it sounds like – security personnel stationed at one point. This may involve manning the access points to a residential or business premise, guarding valuables and equipment against theft or loss, providing security at an event, or even personal protection. The bottom line is – it requires the security operative to be onsite.
The main thing you need to consider when it comes to choosing the best static security services is that the personnel you get are appropriate for the situation. This may involve ensuring that they have the right personality, skillset, or level of training required for your specific needs.
So, what can a static security operator do for you? Here’s everything you need to know about this capability and when you may need it.
There are generally two kinds of static security officers: Unarmed security personnel vs. armed security operatives. The latter are generally deployed to man the homes and business premises of Ultra High Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI), as well as high-profile persons like senior corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, judges, etc.
They are also deployed in high-threat regions and hostile locations and usually have extensive military experience. Some of their attributes include:
Although the term “static” security implies that the operator should be rooted to one point, that’s not exactly the case. Among their primary roles is to conduct frequent and thorough patrols of the area they are manning to check for suspicious activity and signs of a breach.
This means actively looking for burglars, intruders, thieves, and any sign of forced entry. Anything that looks out of place should immediately be flagged as a cause for concern. Most people aren’t aware of all the other aspects of a static security operator’s job. Some of these include:
As they conduct their regular patrols, static security guards don’t typically stick to a schedule. They may also switch up their routes to add an element of surprise if an incident was to happen.
If something out of the ordinary occurs, they ensure that they log it in their incident book designated for recording such events.
The specific duties of a static security operator vary depending on the size of the site, what it is used for, the number of people present, whether they’re operating in a hostile or non-hostile environment, among others.
That being said, here’s a list of the duties a static security operator is expected to perform:
Although static security officers are supposed to protect a property from intruders, they do so much more than that. They are a great asset to have to ensure that your assets, valuables and person remain protected at all times.
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Anytime you have a high-profile executive or Ultra-High Net-Worth Individual (UHNWI) venturing into dangerous or foreign territory, a team of security professionals needs to scout and secure the area in advance. This security advance team precedes the principal to all the locations and venues listed on their itinerary.
Although this is done as-needed, it is not unusual for some executives to have advance operations done daily, both when they’re in and out of the country. This is especially true for those that face a higher-than-average level of risk exposure.
What exactly is an advance team, and what are their specific duties? Here’s everything you need to know.
An advance team is a group of security personnel who operate on an as-needed basis to precede the principal to all venues and locations on their itinerary. It doesn’t matter if the principal is on a multi-nation tour, going for a weekend hike in the mountains, or simply going to the office in the morning.
An advance operator is responsible for going ahead of them, making the necessary arrangements for when they arrive, and establishing all the required security cordons. The work that goes into preceding the principal while on a multi-nation tour versus what when they’re going to work every morning is worlds apart.
As a rule of thumb, advance agents should visit the sites on the itinerary at least twice before the principal’s arrival. The first time is to survey the site to determine the conditions they’ll be working in and develop plans and procedures to be used during the principal’s visit. The second visit is to set up the necessary security cordons, as well as execute any other security-related tasks that may be required.
The advance team needs to remain on-site for the duration of the principal’s visit until the Detail Leader releases them once certain predetermined conditions have been met.
This is made up of the secret service and is by far the most expensive, complex, and thorough advance team in the world. The secret service advance team takes care of all aspects of the presidential movement, including security and logistics for his motorcade, and protecting him from the 500+ death threats he receives every month.
This section explores the key duties and responsibilities of advance agents.
An advance team operator is responsible for getting in touch with all the pertinent points-of-contact (POC) listed on the itinerary or as indicated by the principal’s staff. They have to get in touch with all the required security liaisons and coordinating staff for the respective agencies.
POCs may include civilian agencies directly involved in the security function, intelligence agencies, or various law enforcement entities. They provide valuable information on specific itinerary sites.
Additionally, advance team operators also liaise with the host of the event, the staff, and other POCs that will interact directly with the principal at the location. This is important to gather all the necessary information about the visit.
Advance agents usually carry out site surveys to analyze the venue. They check for things like:
This information allows the advance team operator to come with an implementable plan.
The duration of the visit and its complexity will determine how the advance team will be constituted. A low-profile event in an environment with little to no threat can operate effectively with a two-person advance team, which happens to be the absolute minimum number of agents any advance team can have.
This allows the workload to be shared, and the overall functions of the team can be expedited. If a high-profile individual is venturing into a high-risk area, they will need a bigger team.
If the mission is a complex one, multiple two-person advance teams may need to be deployed. If a principal’s resources allow, you can never have too many advance team operators.
Advance agents thoroughly scout a location and identify potential ambush locations, chokepoints, approach routes, and any other problem areas. They also identify and execute the most appropriate countermeasures to deter those threats.
If an itinerary has several sites to cover within a short period, multiple advance teams can be deployed to conduct a site survey, risk assessment and come up with a series of countermeasures for each location. The same applies to a multi-nation trip.
Checklists ensure that advance operators don’t forget pertinent information they gathered during the advance visit. This is especially important for missions where the principal plans to stay overnight, has a public speaking engagement, needs to coordinate flight arrival and departure, or takes part in any other activity.
An advance agent also has to make sure they have all the necessary information on the principal’s preferences and any special requirements they may have. For instance, do they need to avoid microwave ovens because of their pacemaker? Do they need specialized equipment like a heart defibrillator or oxygen tank? This information would need to be on the checklist.
Operating without an advance team means leaving everything to fate, hoping that everything pans out as it should. An advance agent is the “insurance” and “assurance” you need to rest easy knowing that the location you visit will be safe, secure, and tailored to your needs long before you get there.
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On January 10, 2003, Eddie Lampert, the Sears CEO at the time, was seized by four young men in his Connecticut office garage and held over a long weekend. After negotiating and agreeing to pay a $5 million ransom, Lampert was somehow able to convince his captors to set him free after promising to send them the money. He then went to a nearby police station to file a report, and the criminals were arrested shortly after.
However, not all kidnap-for-ransom stories have a happy ending, like in Lampert’s case. On the morning of April 29, 1992, top Exxon International executive Sidney Reso was driving to his mailbox to grab his newspaper like he did every morning. However, on this particular day, he was ambushed by a husband and wife criminal team and bundled into a waiting van.
When he tried to resist, they shot him in the arm. The kidnappers then proceeded to tie him up before leaving him gagged in a box located inside a self-storage facility, where he died four days later. They had initially demanded $18.5 million in ransom money but never showed up to pick up the cash.
These are just two examples of why executive protection services have become a must-have for both high-profile individuals and Ultra High Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI). Here’s everything you need to know about kidnap prevention operations.
Kidnapping methods have evolved beyond the traditional “snatch and demand” technique. Kidnappers would take custody of the victim, hold them hostage, and proceed to demand a ransom from their employer or family members in exchange for their release.
Although the method is still largely in use today, the kidnapping techniques adopted by kidnappers vary depending on their motivation. Below are examples of other forms of kidnapping commonly seen in different parts of the world.
Unlike kidnapping for ransom, the criminals coerce the hostage or, in some instances, their close associates into performing a specific action for them. It could range from unlocking the office after hours so that the kidnappers can gain access into the office, opening the vault of the bank where the victim works, stealing money and other valuables, or even planting and/or detonating a bomb.
This is typically a short-term ordeal where the criminal threatens the victim, takes them to an ATM, and forces them to withdraw the maximum allowed amount before setting them free. Occasionally, they may hold the victim until past midnight for them to withdraw a second day’s worth of cash before releasing them.
This is arguably the most dangerous form of kidnapping due to the wide range of groups and motives involved. Criminals target victims based on the political or ideological impact they have.
For instance, it could be to negotiate the withdrawal of security forces from an area or swap them for prisoners they want to be released. Ultimately, the fate of the hostage rests on the ability of the negotiators, mediators, and the hostage’s government to reach an amicable agreement.
This form of kidnapping is common in regions where insurgents hostile to the victim’s government have influence. Examples include some regions in the Middle East, East and Central Asia, and parts of Latin America.
This type of crime is different from the rest in that it doesn’t involve taking physical custody of the victim. Instead, it has all the makings of a scam. Here’s how it works.
The criminal calls the target’s family members, employer, or close associates, claiming to have the target in their custody. They may even have an accomplice pretending to be the hostage crying for help in the background.
The criminals then demand a “reasonable” amount of money in exchange for the victim’s release once they confirm receipt. They keep the amount small to increase the chances of getting a quick payout.
Virtual kidnappers often gather information on the target through covert surveillance or social media. They tend to target individuals who are usually away for long periods working, studying, or traveling abroad.
There are several preventative measures companies can take to reduce the kidnapping risk of their executives. Here are the top ones.
While kidnappings may look random, they are anything but. They are always preceded by a planning stage.
A counter-surveillance program may involve a covert team that conducts regular surveillance of the business premises, residence, or any other location, to keep tabs on any individual watching the target. That way, security operatives have a better shot at detecting, intervening, and neutralizing a threat before it materializes.
Companies need to make use of technology that’s capable of transmitting and receiving GPS signals from emergency transmitters or cell phones. Even if the device is taken from the victim, it will still go a long way in helping security agencies track down the victims.
This is especially important for executives working in regions that have reported a high kidnapping risk for foreigners. The US State Department introduced a K risk indicator to allow individuals to assess the kidnapping risk by country, to take the necessary precautions when traveling to those regions.
As pointed out before, kidnappings are not random. They are usually planned. What kidnappers often fail to take into account is any drastic action taken by the victim to thwart the abduction attempt.
For instance, when a kidnap occurs, the criminals often threaten the victims to force them into a nearby car. Terrifying as this may be, it is more beneficial to train employees on how to escape a kidnapping attempt while it is happening than to show them how to escape once they’re incarcerated.
Potential threats and vulnerabilities don’t stop at the executives. Their families are prime targets as well. Get kidnapping prevention devices for kids like silicone wristbands with a panic button to communicate in emergencies.
You can also get them pull-pin alarms that can set off a 130dB siren, which can be heard up to 1,000 feet away. It also helps to train the household staff on basic counter-surveillance skills.
While assessing an organization’s risk for a potential executive kidnapping involves many moving parts, several preventative measures can be taken to minimize the risk. One foolproof way would be to retain a private security firm that offers highly-specialized executive kidnap prevention services.
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Executive protection services refer to the series of security measures taken to protect executives, celebrities, politicians, and any other high-profile VIPs. More and more Fortune 500 firms are enlisting the help of executive protection companies and taking proactive steps to protect their top executives and staff from the full spectrum of vulnerabilities and threat exposure they face daily.
They do this to mitigate the potential losses and damages the corporation would suffer if these threats breached those vulnerabilities. The duties of an executive protection agent aren’t just limited to protecting those at the top of the food chain.
A pipeline technician traveling to the insurgent-riddled Middle East is just as exposed as a high-profile CEO speaking at a public event in LA. Executive protection agent duties extend to both these company employees. Here’s a breakdown of their responsibilities.
Protective surveillance is usually part of every executive protection package. It involves providing protection, continuous risk assessment, and on-going intelligence through physical and electronic means. It is preferred where normal executive protection might be seen as intrusive, sensitive, or inappropriate.
Executive protection agents offer protective surveillance to high net-worth individuals, their children, and their families, as well as in stalking cases. It allows the target to go about their daily routine without obstructive protection, but with the peace of mind that there’s a team of highly-trained security personnel watching over them, ready to provide an immediate response if anything threatens their safety.
Executive protection agents deploy military-grade satellite tracking equipment alongside covert video and audio surveillance to ensure the individual is safe at all times.
Business executives of medium to large-scale companies across several different industries now face a higher risk of becoming victims of targeted attacks. An executive protection agent is trained to purposefully detect and identify any hostile surveillance on them or their family in public places, their residence, and their business premises.
If they find that there is indeed hostile surveillance on the person, a covert surveillance team is deployed to investigate the malicious element. The purpose of this is to gather intelligence on who is watching you, find out what their motives could be, and thwart a possible attack.
Executive protection agents offer close protection services to Ultra-High Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI) exposed to kidnapping threats. UHNWI security is ideal for both the principal and their family members.
This security detail is well-versed in the local cultures of kidnapping hotspots like the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and South America. They are also fluent in the relevant languages to guarantee fluid communication when dealing with any incident.
They don’t just know how to prevent a kidnap from happening, but also have hands-on experience with hostage rescue operations in hostile environments.
One of the biggest challenges executives face when traveling abroad is finding a reliable chauffeur and a safe vehicle. Most EP packages come with a security driver that is highly skilled in defensive driving tactics to ensure that you are safe on the road during your travels.
They are trained in surveillance detection, medical trauma, and close protection to enhance your safety on the road and keep you secure while in transit. This is especially important for employees working in high-threat areas. Some additional duties of an executive driver include meticulous planning and conducting regular risk assessments of routes they frequently use.
Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs) are the on-ground liaison for transient aircraft. They act as short-term “landlords” for planes that don’t have their own hangers to operate in.
Executive protection companies offer FBO security services to business aircraft. They ensure that the gates to the FBOs are manned at all times and that the lobbies are monitored by surveillance cameras 24/7.
An executive protection agent at an FBO is charged with enforcing a host of security measures to ensure that:
They also control access to the facility by keeping a log of people who access the hanger and ensuring that all visitors or passengers pass through the FBO terminal.
Advance work plays a major role in conducting effective executive protection. Advance team agents precede the principal to all the locations listed on their itinerary. This allows them to make the necessary arrangements and set up security cordons to safeguard their safety.
Their duties may range from preceding them on a multi-nation or international trip to getting to their business premises every morning before they do. An advance team agent is also responsible for getting in touch with all the points-of-contact listed on the itinerary, which may include various security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies. They check for:
Although executive protection is predominantly a male-dominated profession, some individuals prefer to have female protection agents instead. For starters, they attract less attention since they very rarely match their male counterparts’ size and physique.
They also offer a different approach to the demands of the profession. A female agent may not pose an immediate physical threat to an attacker. Therefore, they are more likely to convince the assailants not to use the same level of force as they would when faced with a male agent.
There’s also the fact that certain cultures and religions prefer that women and children don’t spend time with men outside their family. Nonetheless, female agents are just as qualified and capable as their male counterparts to keep you and your family safe from malicious threats.
Although the specific duties of executive protection agents are diverse, they all share a common denominator – protecting you and your loved ones. They provide full-spectrum security both when you’re in the country and when you venture to high-threat zones outside the US borders.
All agents have a military or law enforcement background, so they know to respond to any threat or security incident that arises.
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Anytime you have senior government officials, dignitaries, foreign leaders, or any other high-profile VIP visiting a country, they require diplomatic protocol. This usually involves allocating them a motorcade complete with an executive security driver.
A private security convoy is more than just a group of black heavily tinted cars driving in synchrony. It is an intricate and well-choreographed dance that protects the high-profile individual and their entourage.
What exactly is a security convoy, and how does it work? What are the drivers’ duties? Here’s everything you need to know.
A motorcade is a procession of multiple vehicles that transport and protect a high-profile VIP. They move fast and don’t stop anywhere along their route. While a presidential motorcade may have anywhere between 40 and 50 vehicles, a non-presidential procession that doesn’t form part of a military convoy should have four to eight cars.
Its specific structure reflects the nature of the escort, as well as its unique requirements. Any non-essential vehicle should be excluded. Where possible, all vehicles should conform to the same performance standards. Depending on where they’re driving and the nature of the potential threats, all aspects of the vehicles, including the doors, door panels, windows, and undercarriage, should be ballistically-protected.
The engines of all motorcade vehicles should be kept running until the VIP is securely inside the venue once they drop off. They also need to be started plenty of time ahead of the VIP’s return to allow the engines to reach their optimal working temperature.
Below are the various types of vehicles used in a motorcade and the respective duties of the personal security driver assigned to them.
The point car driver’s role is to ensure that the route selected remains clear of any obstruction. It drives at a distance ahead of the main convoy so that if a specific route is no longer suitable, the vehicle can switch to an alternative route without having to slow down or stop. In case of any obstruction, the driver has to notify the convoy commander, who would then relay the new set of instructions to the lead car driver by radio.
The lead car driver’s role is to maintain the convoy’s speed and position while in transit and follow the instructions relayed to them by the convoy commander.
They need to watch and assess the situation ahead and judge the speed and distance they should drive while maintaining a sterile (clear) area around the motorcade for all the vehicles to move as one. They also need to be tactically alert to any vehicles that may attempt to interfere with the procession’s integrity.
This is the vehicle that’s used to ferry the protectee. The protectee driver is required to follow the instructions of the lead car, maintain an appropriate speed and distance, and ensure the area around the convoy remains sterile.
The private security driver assigned to this vehicle needs to have the highest level of defensive driving skills in the event of an incident. They also need to provide the smoothest ride possible for the VIP riding in the car with them.
There’s also an armed security driver who travels in the principal vehicle alongside the car’s other occupants. Their role is to provide cover to the protectee, prepare for the use of firearms if required, and transfer the principal to an alternate vehicle if the one they’re in becomes immobilized.
The last piece of the puzzle in the primary convoy is the protection escort car used to ferry the team of protection officers.
The driver has to be able to drive defensively and respond abruptly using blocking tactics if necessary, to prevent any vehicle coming from behind from intercepting the motorcade. The principal vehicle has to be within the visual range of the protection escort car at all times.
In addition to the primary motorcade, the following vehicles may also be deployed to provide support. They don’t necessarily have to be attached to the speed or route of the primary convoy.
For a security convoy driving through unfamiliar territory, the motorcade services company may provide a pilot car once an appropriate threat assessment has been conducted. The driver of this vehicle serves to enhance communication within the region, as well as provide detailed working information on the optimal routes to use and the area conditions.
A rear vehicle is provided in ultra-high-profile security convoy operations. The rear vehicle driver’s role is to maintain a sterile region to the back of the convoy to prevent other vehicles from encroaching in that direction. If any vehicle attempts to, the driver needs to alert the PET vehicle of the potential threat.
High threat escorts usually have a CAT vehicle in the procession as well. It is deployed to counter an active attack on the convoy, to either cover the protectee as they withdraw, or to oppose the threat entirely. The number of CAT vehicles deployed depends on the severity of the risk the protectee faces.
Although the sweep car forms part of the overall convoy, it operates as a detached unit. It shadows the main convoy from a distance and isn’t likely to get immediately caught up in an active attack on the procession.
The sweep car driver’s role is to coordinate and communicate external assistance to the main convoy in case of an ambush. The protection officers serve to provide contingent and tactical support. The sweep car also provides an immediate replacement if one of the vehicles in the convoy breaks down.
All motorcade or security drivers complete a specialized course on protective driving. They are masters at what they do and are well-versed in a wide range of tactics designed to keep the protectee safe. The VIP also gets a mandatory briefing on what to do if things go awry in a security incident.
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In the first half of 2019 alone, there were 3,800 publicly disclosed mega-data breaches in which more than 4 billion records were exposed. This was 54 percent more than the number of breaches reported in the same period the previous year. In a 2018 report released by the FBI, there were more than 7.1 million property crimes reported across the country. These included larceny thefts and burglaries.
If these numbers are anything to go by, it shows an ever-increasing need for businesses to beef-up their corporate security systems. But what is corporate security, anyway? Does your company need to hire a corporate security team?
This guide takes an in-depth look at the answers to these questions.
Corporate security is an umbrella term that refers to the process that identifies and implements physical and legal measures required to manage and mitigate any security risks a company may be facing. The business landscape is continually evolving. This has brought with it a host of new security challenges that didn’t exist a few years ago.
Corporate security today means so much more than just securing your business premises. It has multiple facets to it, which vary from one company to the next, depending on the nature of your business. Focusing on one area while neglecting the rest could have far-reaching repercussions that could deal a devastating blow to your business.
This has increased the demand for data security services and professionals in the field. They include:
If you’ve come across the term before, you’re likely wondering, “What is a CSO?” The acronym is short for “Chief Security Officer” and means exactly what it sounds like. It is the title given to the highest-ranking executive who is directly charged with the company’s entire security function.
Broadly speaking, a CSO is responsible for not just the physical security needs of a company but also its electronic and digital security requirements. Their role is to ensure that the security arm of an organization adds value to give it a competitive advantage over the other market players.
The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the executive responsible for a company’s data and information security. While the title is often used interchangeably with CSO and Security VP, it often begs the question, “What is a CISO?”
The role of a CISO has been refined to encompass all-things digital security. They are charged with:
It’s important to understand the difference between a security guard and a corporate security officer. Although the two have similar job requisites, the difference lies in their level of expertise and whether or not they’re allowed to carry a weapon.
A security guard typically is unarmed, and their role doesn’t require them to have any security-related background. A security officer, on the other hand, has usually gone through a rigorous training program on the various levels of deadly force they can apply in different situations and, in many instances, is also licensed to carry a firearm.
Their role is to:
Without a security team in place, your business is left vulnerable to several threats, both from inside and outside the business. You shouldn’t wait until your systems and premises have been breached to retain their services.
Prevention is the best remedy if you want your company to thrive. Here’s what a security team can do for you.
Success often breeds contempt, which can make your company a breeding ground for threatening behavior from external parties. This is typically targeted at company personnel and can take many forms like unwanted communications, business disruption, stalking, and outright harassment.
A competent corporate security team is well-versed in identifying and investigating the threat. They would then execute an effective intervention plan that may involve seeking civil remedies or, in some cases involving law enforcement agencies.
Extraordinary events surrounding business travel, such as the escalation of infectious diseases like the Coronavirus, the ever-present threat of terrorism, natural disasters, and even general accidents have become all too common. Although the majority of these events are beyond anyone’s control, it doesn’t exempt a company from its corporate responsibility to keep its human resources and assets safe.
A firm needs a corporate security team to:
When a company loses valuable data and information due to a breach, the cause can be attributed to one (or more) of five likely risk factors:
A security team will help you select and implement security controls that can effectively address these risks.
Depending on the industry, the nature of the business, the size of the company, and, in some instances, the geographical locations of the businesses, employees working for these companies may be exposed to threats from the most unlikely of sources. High-profile executives, in particular, can be a target for people with sinister motives. A security team can work closely with intelligence and law enforcement agencies to meet the security challenges that come with these individuals.
Securing business premises, employees, clients, and company data should be at the forefront of any organization’s needs. You need a corporate security team on your side to keep threats at bay, enhance your competitive advantage, and help your company advance towards its goals. If interested in implementing these types of services, request a consultation from a Hyperion corporate security advisor.