Happy Holidays to everyone, and may you be safe, healthy, and at peace and joy for these days during these trying times.
Executive protection is at essence the bodyguarding of our clients or “principles,” personally protecting them from all harm no matter the location or situation. Yet in our 2020 and 2021 times the nature of executive protection is expanding as a result of the pandemic and sociopolitical unrest, and from the enormous effect the internet and social media has on companies and their executives, or celebrity or wealthy VIPs. Because the digital universe is impacting executives and VIPs, executive protection companies like ours are adapting more digital tactics are part of their services.
Because executives or VIPs are often required for the good of the brand or inspired from their own values to speak out on social or political issues, they and their families can become targets of people who are on the other side of such issues – and can be inclined to violence or at least the threat of violence. Threats now come from people who are using digital methods to track down people and where they live and other vulnerabilities. Or they’re using social media to elicit a large group response. So, the digital resources are there for people who are threats to clients and then the digital universe is used to actuate those threats.
That’s why close protection agencies, as we do, are reaching out to bring in digital protection experts and technology. The intention is to expand out our circle of bodyguarding and safeguarding so that whatever the times and technology throw our clients, we’re ready for it and already preventing it.