A Complete Guide to Executive Protection for CEOs

A Complete Guide to Executive Protection for CEOs

As your company's success grows, so does the chance of an attack on your leaders. It's a scary thought, but one for which you must be prepared.

We understand that you value your company's highest-level executives, so we encourage you to provide comprehensive protection for those people. This complete guide to executive protection for CEOs will give you an understanding of this service and how it can benefit your company.

What Is Executive Protection?

High profile people are at greater risk of malicious attacks than the general population. Sometimes, it is simply their fame and power that piques the attention of unsafe people. Others might try to get at them for their money. In many situations, someone will attack an executive's person or property to steal classified business information.

Because many companies consider their top-level executives to be important corporate assets, they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect those people. Security services that are specifically designed to protect high-profile people are known as executive protection.

Learn more about this service in the video "What Is Executive Protection."

What Is Involved in Executive Protection?

Comprehensive executive protection involves multiple facets of security for the VIP.

Bodyguard Protection

One of the primary roles of executive protection for CEOs is to keep them safe in any situation. Security personnel should be prepared to perform surveillance to look out for threats, safely move clients from one spot to another, perform defensive maneuvers, and use firearms if necessary.

Home Security

Executives and their families need to be safe at home, but they must also feel that they can be comfortable and relaxed. A good executive protection service provides the necessary safety measures, such as state-of-the-art security systems or the presence of armed guards, but they do it in such a way that the residents can still feel at home.

Cybersecurity

Computer and data security should play a significant role in executive protection. Cyber-attacks are frequently used to gain access to an executive's knowledge or a company's private data.

Security services should involve physical monitoring of a CEO's computers and other electronic equipment, so no one can steal or access it. It should also involve online security measures, such as protective software and careful protocols.

When Is Executive Protection Required?

Companies must make wise decisions about how to allocate their budget for security services. In so doing, they should consider which people in their organization are most at risk of becoming targets. Remembering the value of the individual to the company's success can help justify the expense.

When a Person Is at the Top of the Pack

Executive protection for CEOs is one of the primary uses of this type of service. These people are often the creative brains behind an enterprise, and the organization depends on their leadership to keep them moving forward.

Additionally, these people often carry trade secrets that could lead to the downfall of the company were they to fall into the hands of competitors.

Therefore, ensuring the protection of these top-level leaders should be a high priority for every company.

When a Person Is Connected to the Head Family

Members of high-profile families may be at risk simply because of their name. Whether or not an individual is directly involved with the family's business, a kidnapper or another unsafe person might target the family member in hopes of gaining ransom money, insider information or other perceived benefits.

When a Person Is Traveling Abroad

Overseas travel can be one of the riskiest activities for CEOs, but it is often necessary. Particularly in high-risk destinations, the worst-case scenarios for high-profile people could include information theft, kidnapping or even death.

But instead of avoiding travel, executives should rely on protection services for their trips. A smart security team will cover all aspects of travel safety, including providing trustworthy drivers, keeping close tabs on the person under their care, and guarding their electronic devices.

What Are the Benefits of Executive Protection?

Security services for CEOs and other top personnel provide protection for both those specific individuals and the company as a whole. For many large companies, especially those involved in defense or technology industries, guarding trade secrets is of paramount importance.

When these companies devote funds to the safety of their executives, they can rest assured that those who want to undermine their business or steal their secrets will be thwarted. Executive protection, therefore, provides peace of mind for boards of directors and others responsible for company success.

Additionally, executive protection allows high-profile people and their families to live peaceful lives without the threat of violence or other harm.

Being at the top can be a stressful experience, but quality protection services reduce some of this stress by ensuring that the individuals and families have a safe space in which they are guarded against the threats of the outside world.

What Should You Look for When Hiring Executive Protection?

A protection service should be able to provide comprehensive security coverage to the individuals in their care. When considering a service to hire, look for the following characteristics and abilities:

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    Defensive Abilities: Hopefully, an executive protection team will never have to physically defend their client, but they must always be prepared. They should certainly be skilled at using firearms, and they may also need to rely on martial arts abilities. Military experience is a plus.
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    Vehicle Knowledge and Driving Skills: A security team may be responsible for conducting motorcades and transporting clients in secure vehicles.
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    Good Health and Fitness: Guards should be strong and able to handle the rigors of what is often an intense physical job.
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    Customer Service and Interpersonal Relations: Security officers deal with clients and the people who interact with their clients. They must know how to handle themselves around people from all walks of life, including high-powered professionals.
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    Computer Skills: Providing cybersecurity requires a deep understanding of technology.

Are There Any Limitations to Executive Protection?

No matter how strong your executive protection service team is, successful security requires the teamwork of everyone involved, including the person on the receiving end of the protection services.

Successful Protection Requires Executive Buy-in

In order for a protection program to work, the people who are being protected must be on board with the idea. They must be willing to accept the scrutiny that a protection program puts on their lives.

This can feel intrusive, so some people resist the idea, especially if they are not especially concerned about personal security or cybersecurity. Many high-level professionals have not yet grasped the concept of their own vulnerability and that of their company data. Learn more about this lack of understanding in the video "C-Suite Executives' Views on Cyber Security."

However, once an executive understands the importance of protection, he or she often becomes more willing to submit to the necessary demands imposed by a program designed for his or her security. Executives who buy into the concept of protection will do whatever it takes to keep themselves and their classified business knowledge secure.

Successful Protection Requires Living Within Limits

Executive protection not only requires a person to live under careful scrutiny, but it can also require surrendering some personal freedoms.

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    A wise executive will keep personal and business communications entirely separate; this can require carrying one phone for work and another for personal use.
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    All devices used by an executive or his or her family members should be heavily outfitted with security programs.
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    Executives may need to travel separately from one another, rather than flying in groups or riding in the same car.
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    Work computers with sensitive information should not be taken on trips. Executives certainly should not carry lists of passwords or other sensitive information.

Executive protection for CEOs benefits both the leaders and the entire company. To keep your top-level executives safe, you must:

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    1. Evaluate your company's security needs.
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    2. Hire an executive protection service with experience and the ability to provide both cybersecurity and physical safety.
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    3. Encourage your leaders to get on board with executive protection.

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About the Author Richard Allen

Mr. Allen is the Founder & President of American Protect Bureau (APB). APB is a licensed, bonded and insured private security company. He is a well respected industry expert with extensive knowledge and over 25 years experience in all aspects of security and protection. Having personally provided security for some of the hottest nightclubs and highest profile people, he understands first-hand what it takes to ensure venues are protected and people are kept safe. Richard conveys this point to every single security guard employed by his company.