Being in the public eye can be risky. CEOs, celebrities, famous entrepreneurs, top company executives and people in high-level or high-profile positions face more threats than the average person. This is especially so in an era when companies and brands try to humanize themselves by putting authentic information and relevant people in the spotlight. This fame makes it easier for anyone with a grievance or bad intent to pick a target and do them harm.
With increased visibility comes the need for increased caution. So, the need for specialized security services and executive protection is on the rise.
What Is Executive Protection?
Even though the term is often associated with 'bodyguards', executive protection is about much more than that. Bodyguards stay close to their clients at all times and keep them bodily safe from threats and annoyances. They are only a small part of the service offered by many executive protection outfits. Executive protection covers more proactive and analytical services. Some of these are;
- In-depth planning to prepare for clients itinerary
- Risk assessments customized for individual clients
- Advance identification of potential risks
- Reactive plans to eliminate or lessen the possibility of any security incidents
This approach significantly reduces the chances of exposure to danger or the need for executive protection specialists to even swing into action.
What Exactly Does It Offer?
The extent of executive protection services is usually dependent on the client's preferences, and their level of exposure to possible risk. Factors like risk history, location, age, and social ranking also influence how in-depth a protection plan should be. Generally, some of the types of security services offered to executives include;
This service works best for clients who prefer not to make it obvious that they are being protected. It is a low-profile technique which protects from a distance, with security teams remaining close by and ready to act if their intervention is required. The client can go about their daily activities with no obvious disruptions or distractions, all the while assured that ample protection is hovering just out of sight.
Counter Surveillance Support
These are services provided to clients who suspect they are being followed or security teams who have received intelligence that the client they are protecting is being followed. Counter surveillance support teams covertly observe such clients or security teams to identify anyone monitoring them and take expert steps to stop or delay such persons.
A security specialist behind the wheel is another way of keeping the client safe while they are in transit. Such a person is often trained in how to advise the client and react effectively in the event of an ambush, or on identifying any motorized surveillance. This can also include escort vehicles.
Security operatives can be used to keep homes and offices safe. This type of protection can cover family and other loved ones. The operatives may be retained for the purposes of ensuring the client's privacy, assess or protect inside the home and outbuildings/perimeters, or provide home security while the client is away.
This service covers the security of physical assets (like property: cars, houses, expensive collectibles) and ensuring the integrity of non-physical assets (digital information).
Security outfits can provide executive protection for clients who are traveling locally or internationally, whether by road, water or air. They also assess the level of risk each method of travel comes with, provide travel intelligence and advise clients and their families on how best to stay safe.
Of great importance is the need to have plans in place for unforeseen circumstances. Executive security services provide contingency plans for egress, escape or retrieval during a crisis.
Learn More About Executive Protection
No one likes to think of bad things happening to themselves or their loved ones, but it is only smart to prepare for the worst, even if it never happens. At GSS Security Services Inc., we provide top-notch executive security services to high-profile individuals. Contact us to find out more!