Loose Lips: Recognizing and Avoiding Elicitation

In discussing social engineering and threats to your personal security we mentioned elicitation.  Elicitation is a technique that is used by an adversary to get a person to unintentionally divulge more information about a particular subject than they normally would.  Its used to gather confidential or proprietary information and in the realm of personal security…

Personal Risk Assessment

Considering that personal and travel security rely heavily on context its important to consider how the threat relates to you whether at home or abroad.  Understanding this contextual relationship let’s you realistically determine how much effort, energy and possibly money you should invest in your security. The best way to do this is to conduct…

Not in Kansas Anymore……

One of the greatest challenges in protecting a global workforce and training travelers and personnel undertaking overseas assignments is getting them to understand that the individual rights they enjoy in their home country don’t travel with them overseas.  This is particularly true of Americans who are imbued from an early age with the concept of…

4 Steps to Taking the Adversary’s Perspective and Enhancing Your Security

  When you are evaluating your own personal security its very useful to take the perspective of your adversary — for most of us that is the common criminal but depending on your location it may also include terrorists, militants, members of organized criminal groups or others.  Traditionally most people and most organizations have viewed…

Security Considerations When Working with Local Contacts

If you are working overseas or traveling internationally for business then you probably deal with local contacts of some type.  They may be local representatives, partners, vendors or suppliers, customers or others.  While most interaction with local contacts will be valuable and productive there are potential security concerns to be aware of and to think…

Route Analysis & Selection

Whether you are self-driving or using a driver route analysis and route selection are key elements of your security when moving around your overseas location.  Route selection is important because: It allows you to avoid known danger areas such as high-crime neighborhoods or to implement countermeasures if the area is unavoidable. Provides you with alternate…

Self Driving vs. Hiring a Driver: the Pros & Cons

One of the questions for expatriates and many travelers is whether to hire a local driver or drive themselves.  There are pros and cons associated with both choices and its important to recognize and consider them when making a decision. This discussion focuses on expatriates and travelers in developing countries where this decision is much…

Checkpoints & Roadblocks

Checkpoints and roadblocks set up by security forces are a common facet in countries in the developing world, particularly in conflict and post-conflict environments.  In addition to checkpoints run by relatively legitimate governmental authorities in some places there are also checkpoints and roadblocks set up by guerilla and paramilitary groups as well as common criminals….