Evaluating & Choosing Private Intelligence Providers

How does management identify and monitor these threats in different locations around the world?  Many companies subscribe to one or more of the private security intelligence providers that are available.  While some of these firms use the term intelligence to describe their products and services, others use terms like risk reporting, assessment & analysis and…

Tactical vs. Strategic Intelligence

Intelligence needs related to security will largely be determined by the type of operation a company has in a particular location, the size of the footprint, number of personnel, amount of infrastructure and assets, etc.  As an example, a company involved in oil, gas or mining operations with extensive and costly infrastructure will typically need…

Things You Might Not Want to Bring When Traveling

There are things that are considered harmless in much of the world that can cause problems in certain countries or regions of the world.  You can bring many of these items on most trips you might take but its important to research the location you are going to prior to your travel to determine if…

Staying Safe at the Hotel

Many travelers view their hotel in a foreign city as a safe sanctuary where nothing can happen.  While hotels – particularly good hotels that have been carefully selected – can be a good safe haven in many respects they can also be a focal point for criminal activity and other hazards so its very important…

Selecting Hotels

Selecting a hotel is one of the most important considerations when traveling.  The hotel is your home away from home and maybe some travelers incorrectly also view it as a sanctuary from the dangers that are present at the location. There are several key factors to look at when selecting a hotel. There are two…

Cooper’s Colors

No discussion of awareness would seem complete without a mention of Cooper’s Colors.  Originally publicly introduced and propagated by retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper.  Cooper was the founder of American Pistol Institute, later called Gunsite and was an early proponent of combat handgunning.  In his book Principles of Personal Defense Cooper outlined four levels…

Thoughts on Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is the under-appreciated and in fact sometimes unappreciated element of personal security.  Of all the things a person can do to keep themselves safe the most important and in fact most fundamental is to be aware of their surroundings and what is happening in their environment.  This in conjunction with a basic understanding…