How to Secure High Value and High-Risk Items in Transit?

Any movement of high-value assets require a vast amount of preparation, logistical management, and control. Security operatives, or teams, can’t work effectively in isolation or without a robust support mechanism.

There are 5 key considerations when planning to move high-value items:

  1. Physical, technical, and IT/Cyber must work in conjunction and synergy. The principles of security and journey management remain the same, no matter what the asset.
  2. Security must be proportionate to the risks, potential vulnerabilities should be identified, and possible crisis situations should be managed and mitigated.
  3. It must be layered with contingencies in place and supported by protective intelligence to help proactively identify, assess, and mitigate threats. Depending on the situation, a robust protective surveillance strategy may also be required, for dynamic risk analysis during deployment.
  4. The movement of high-value assets between countries involves collaboration, with clearly understood roles and responsibilities between numerous agencies, groups, governments and commercial entities.
  5. The protection of sensitive information relevant to that operation is paramount, knowing how to keep sensitive information (such as routes, timings, personnel, codes etc.) that would likely be useful to adversaries secure is extremely important.

When dealing with high-value assets in transit, the risk is determined by the motivation of criminals; risk often equals reward. To counter this threat, innovative, multi-faceted security solutions to include technical and physical, supported by timely and relevant intelligence should be considered.

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