What Do I Do?

Greg,…What Do You Do?

I get asked this countless of times at social events, at the gym, or at conferences. My go to answer is: “I’m a Security Expert”.

In reality, there is so much more I do as a security professional.  As a result, I have to generalize it for the average person. The “elevator speech” or 30 second introduction may give people some insight to what I do.  However, it often doesn’t tell the whole story.  The “Whole Story” goes something like this:

“I create, manage, and implement security, intelligence, and training solutions designed to protect businesses, organizations, facilities, and people both domestically and internationally.” 

What I mentioned above is not what I do but what I offer to clients. What I do is comprised of tasks, disciplines, and training geared to support my clients. Recently I was retained by an international businessman.  This client required security solutions to protect his home, office, and himself upon traveling abroad. The client really fit into my wheelhouse of services, but I didn’t see this project as just an Executive Protection (EP) assignment. Though I have worked Executive Protection for years, what I was doing for this client was far more than being a body guard.

To Satisfy the Client’s Quest & Need for Security, I had to do the following:

  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify the critical assets and business processes.  This requires protection, analyze the threats, assess the vulnerabilities, and then move forward with a plan the meets the client’s needs.
  • To secure the client’s home and office(s) I had to do the following:
    • several site security survey’s,
    • research and assess the proper technology needed,
    • evaluate access control and emergency response procedures.
  • Given the nature of my client’s work and the location of his travel, I had to develop an intelligence program.  This Intelligence Program needed to address the geopolitical, natural, and criminal threats.  These “threats” could disrupt my client’s business and possibly threaten his life.
  • The most important element of executive protection is doing an advance prior to the client embarking on travel.  I had to coordinate with trusted partners in areas that I couldn’t reach myself. The intelligence is critical when doing an advance for a client.  My international law enforcement & intelligence agency contacts provide critical information in which to base my threat assessment.
  • On occasions that I had to undertake a protective role.  I had to do tactical training to ensure that my perishable skill sets remain sharp.  I had to do reality based training, firearms training, personal defense, first aid, to better serve my client.
  • In the case of a crisis, I had to do lots of policy writing.  It required my coordinating with my client’s legal team, insurers and my client’s family to ensure fast resolutions to a multitude of crises.
  • I wrote agreements with other partners to support my client in the event of a crisis.
  • I had to ensure the domestic office staff were well prepared to assess, communicate, and respond to a crisis.  Therefore, I developed training scenarios to test their situational awareness and response to incidents.
  • When realizing that the local first responders were not involved, I developed a tactical response plan to include police, fire & EMS that could be implemented to improve response efficiency.

So yeah,…. That’s What I Do?

Risk Management & Security Consulting.

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Security Assessment and let SSG develop a strategic security plan based on intelligence, training & experience.

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