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Introduction to Executive Protection Books: EP Booklet

If you have been part of the industry for a while, you probably know of numerous executive protection books that go in-depth on big-picture EP. So much so that experienced and emerging practitioners may sometimes lose sight of the...

Why is Executive Protection Important to an Organization

Let’s break it down and dive deep into what concerns those receiving protective services, i.e., principals. In other words, why is executive protection important to an organization?     The reasons why these services ring vital are many and increasing in number....

How to Become a Close Protection Officer

If you’re interested in pursuing CPO work, then it helps to be informed. Below, we’ll answer any aspiring agents’ burning question – how to become a close protection officer?   Contrary to what you might see on TV, it takes more...

Shots Fired at Democratic Mayoral Candidate Greenberg

With shots fired at democratic mayoral candidate Greenberg in Louisville, Kentucky, the democrat remains uninjured as the apparent target of a shooter who fired multiple times.   The politician was not directly hit, but the bullet did graze his sweater. Expectedly,...

How Do Security Companies Make Money?

The way in which security firms generate income is often the direct result of the varied services they render. And those are plentiful. So, it isn’t difficult to say how do security companies make money. Whether that be guard...

A History and Future of Excellence: Ronin South Africa

Established in 1995 on the southernmost tip of the African continent, Ronin South Africa is probably one of the longest-standing, internationally reputable close protection training providers worldwide. Ronin SA's CEO, Advocate Timm Irvine-Smith's background is quite multi-faceted. He has served...

Smarts and Resilience: Protective Intelligence for Everyday Life  

Many people perceive protective intelligence (or PI) relative to high-secret government programs where security intelligence analysts plug away in a 24-hour operations center to protect those of importance. Or high-level officials from terrorist plots.     But in truth, while the term protective intelligence...

Close Protection Job Search in a Post Pandemic Climate   

The pandemic has been devastating on many levels, not least with its impact on the workforce – remote work, a high turnover rate, and even loss of business. There's no shortage of doom and gloom about the state of...

Social Engineering: Preying on Our Humanity

I often find myself asked the same question: what is the most difficult type of attack to detect but easiest to launch? My answer is always the same: social engineering. Social engineering can be generally defined as the use of...

Medical Oversight: No Longer a Luxury Item

At the recent IPSB Close Protection Conference in Las Vegas, Fred Burton from ONTIC stated that the most likely threat an EP specialist will encounter is medical.i Thankfully, the Global War on Terror (GWOT) is cycling down bringing many...

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The Rise of Close Protection in New Zealand and the Pacific

In 2014, while speaking with someone at an event, they laughed and asked: Why would anyone need close protection...

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