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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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