The personal-protection industry has responded to a plethora of new challenges brought about by changing landscapes, as well as new targets and environments.
For example, the modern executive-protection agent’s knowledge now extends beyond security to also provide clients with strategic advice that has greatly assisted in keeping them safe in a digital era where personal information is more readily available.
Attackers are increasingly using the Internet and social-media platforms to obtain home addresses and speaking engagements to target chief-executive officers and other company executives, high-profile individuals and VIPs.
However, digital technologies are a double-edged sword and seasoned protection agents have been able to harness these to provide better protection services to the client. A sound example is the effective use of the social-media “bubble” around designates to help set up screens to cover for movement by sending multiple messages to divert attention from their location.
Importantly, they are also better equipped to plan for and respond to a “black swan” element, despite the complexities working with the unknown.
This has been achieved through constant training to raise the skills and knowledge of personal-protection agents.
Considering growing uncertainty, training of protection agents will continue to be a major focus for reputable security service providers.
Uncertainty is driven by, among other factors, continued economic and political disruptions, in addition to increasing polarisation in countries. The state of affairs has also been exacerbated by the decline in the popularity of traditional media and the heightened awareness of income disparity through social-media platforms. These have become a widely used means by which radical groups sow social discord.
In many instances, personal-protection agents have been required to fulfil multiple roles by merging additional skills with their existing capabilities to facilitate movement and keep their clients focused.
This is in direct response to a growing demand for more innovation in an industry that has largely remained unchanged for more than 30 years.
For example, the industry is also increasingly using covert protection and protective surveillance to maximise clients’ expenditure on security, complemented by new, smarter and more efficient means of collecting and analysing intelligence.
There has also been a marked uptake in the use of innovative ways in which to collect and analyse intelligence, spanning the point of interaction through to travel intelligence and alerts.
These expanded skill sets have been harnessed to provide an integrated security system. This is an important feature that differentiates an executive protection solution from traditional body-guarding.
The primary goal of an executive protection contract is to design and implement solutions to counter the risks posed to a principle, as opposed to merely reacting to a threat.
This holistic solution encompasses critical capabilities, such as medical support, physical measures, threat and enemy identification, in addition to risk assessment.
These are complemented by secure transport solutions that have become increasingly more sophisticated as just one example of how the industry has adapted to new market demands.
Another example is the provision of quality assurance and metrics to enable clients to better assess the quality of operational readiness.
Havensec Solutons has earned a reputation for its accurate investigative outcomes that harness our extensive experience, cutting-edge equipment and infrastructure, as well as skilled teams.
We work closely with our clients to develop and implement a comprehensive security solution for their unique needs. They understand that the decisions they make today will impact on their organisation’s sustainability over the long-term.
In addition to state-of-the-art security services, our capabilities include personal protection, armed escorts, surveillance and information gathering, debugging of private and office spaces, covert cameras, undercover agents and polygraphs, as well as private and civil investigations.
This holistic security offering, founded upon tried-and-tested best practices, is a pro-active response to the interrelated nature of today’s businesses by offering an integrated security framework that provides stronger protection against real threats.