Executive protection is important for many industries, whether VIPs are traveling to foreign locations or to protect them from threats closer to home. In the past, protection services involved safeguarding primarily the physical safety of VIPs and their families. Now, in a connected world, investigating and assessing risk in their digital lives is as crucial. People inadvertently open themselves up to risks online, and threats to VIPs are often delivered first on social platforms. It is up to the intelligence-led protection team to identify these risks first and be able to anticipate danger to avoid crises.
The Challenge: A top American University is a home to over 28,000 students and 1,500 staff members. Its campus expands to 960 acres with 285 buildings, 13 of which are student residences. Having visibility and awareness of campus events and activities is critical to the protection for all. The university also recognized how essential it is to have clarity and insights on social media platforms for the increased security and safety of its campus and student body.
The Solution: The University understood the need to have a digital risk investigation tool which enabled them to apply advanced algorithms to large volumes of unstructured data. As a result, they reached out to thred to help them gain access to online insights. thred equipped the University with the insights for the security and risk management needs and team.
Based on current media coverage, when you say “campus safety measures” people automatically assume you are only talking about gun control. And while it is a concerning issue, some research actually says that campuses are safer now than they ever have been.
There are many things that make schools safe: attentive staff and educators, students who care about each other, campuses that are both accessible but secure, and communities who are also invested in the safety of the campuses and students. This can seem overwhelming but there are ways to integrate this multi-layered approach to campus safety. All stakeholders should be involved whenever possible and provide input to improve current safety measures as well as identify where there may be gaps as it relates to emergency management. Reaching out to different groups for their top concerns and potential solutions builds a better framework for overall safety.
Today’s online reality and fast-paced business environment drives the need to take an intelligence-led approach when mitigating and managing risk across an organization. As the risk and security landscape continues to broaden, teams must shift from being reactive to being pro-active; collaborating across business units to identify requirements, collecting information from internal and external sources, and analyzing results.
Leveraging the insights gained from an intelligence-led strategy, allows risk and security professionals to be better equipped to mitigate and manage risk across their organization. Toni Chrabot, CEO Risk Confidence Group LLC and former FBI field executive, explains how this works.