Do business travellers require security?

The world can feel like a dangerous place. Whether it’s a deadly kidnapping in Nigeria, an abduction in Mexico, or a hostage-taking in Brazil, the political and socio-economic unrest and high-profile kidnappings that occupy front-page news make it easy to feel vulnerable when travelling. It’s also compelling many business leaders to consider more robust security measures.

Do you need additional security for business travel?

While high net-worth individuals are inherently more exposed to various criminal threats, and additional security is commonplace, for business leaders it can seem a little overboard. However, many factors other than wealth may leave your travellers at risk – some of these include the geopolitical environment at the travel location, the reliability of local infrastructure, and law enforcement capabilities.  Employees of large wealthy and well-known organisations may also be targeted during travel to exploit or leverage the organisation.

Many companies utilise a wide variety of risk mitigation strategies, and a layered approach tailored to the profile of the traveller. One size does not fit all.

GSOCs (Global Security Operations Centres). These centralized command centres are designed to monitor and respond to security incidents and emergencies on a global scale. For travellers, GSOCs provide real-time intelligence, threat monitoring, and incident management services. They act as a hub of information, constantly monitoring global security situations, assessing risks, and providing real-time updates and alerts to travellers. GSOCs also serve as a coordination point for emergency response, connecting travellers with appropriate resources and support during critical situations.

Journey Management. Journey management is a vital component of ensuring the safety and security of business travelers. It involves comprehensive planning and risk assessment before and during a trip to mitigate potential hazards and emergencies. By meticulously mapping out travel itineraries, identifying potential threats, and establishing communication protocols, this proactive approach ensures that travelers are well-prepared for unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters, political unrest, or health emergencies.

In-country security. These specialized operatives know the local security landscape, cultural nuances, and potential risks within a specific country or region. They offer personalized assistance and guidance tailored to each traveller’s needs, helping them navigate unfamiliar environments with confidence. Support often includes insights into local security challenges, advice on safe transportation options, and recommendations for secure accommodations. By leveraging their expertise and local networks they facilitate communication with local authorities, act as a liaison during emergencies, and provide immediate assistance in critical situations.

Executive Protection. Security details consist of two elements: an advance element and the close protection element – or main body. The advance element provides risk mitigation, from the planned primary and alternates routes to reviewing the physical safety of the visited locations and facilities. They prepare for the safe arrival of the client and the main element of the executive protection detail – this efficiency increases overall safety by increasing the level of awareness which allows the security detail and the client the capability to avoid any escalating security situation. The close protection element’s main role is to directly accompany and transport the protected persons in order to recognize and avoid any direct threats – and keep those protected from harm by quickly evacuating from a sudden crisis.

Local security-trained Driver. Driving a vehicle in a foreign country is a high-risk activity. Always hire a local driver who knows the area. Being unaware or confused by directions can bring you to a vulnerable location or make you an obvious target for attack. Make sure your driver is well-vetted and trained in security driving techniques. The driver’s responsibility is driving. A separate professional should provide the executive protection that accompanies the executive. Armoured vehicles provide additional protection should you encounter local instability while on the road, like a riot, which can happen suddenly. Armoured vehicles can also reduce the risk of injuries during a vehicle accident.

Incident management technology. Clients are increasingly utilising the power of incident management technology, to locate and monitor their business travellers, and ensure rapid response should emergency situations arise. Incident Management and communications systems provide employers with instant global visibility and monitoring capability –  enabling travel plans to be adapted according to real-time risks and evolving restrictions. Incident Management platforms and mobile applications include location-based monitoring, check-in and tracking tools, as well as direct communication lines across multiple channels. On-hand Intelligence on travel restrictions and risks as well as wider medical and security intelligence, can aid travellers themselves should they find themselves in risky situations.

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