The International Security Driver Association (ISDA) serves
the Protective Services community.
Whether you are exploring a career in executive protection, honing your expertise, or an established security executive, ISDA offers benchmark educational, networking, and marketing programs.
We are a member-oriented association that serves both the inexperienced and experienced practitioner.
Why Did We Create ISDA?
Unsuspecting individuals are trained in skills that have no market value.
Social media is filled with complaints ranging from certification and standards to pay scales and unethical behavior.
How ISDA Can Help
The International Security Driver Association is the premier organization that every security professional should invest in joining. ISDA publishes factual (you can’t argue with math), tested relevant material that benefits every member. I try to learn something new every day. Some things I learn are useful and some aren’t however; every single time I read an ISDA newsletter or email I find it relevant.The ISDA staff are all experienced EP professionals that have attained superior knowledge and skills that they are willing to share to make every ISDA member a better motor vehicle operator. The information you will receive as an ISDA member may keep you out of an accident, keep you out of somebody else’s accident or get you and your protectee out of danger.I’ve been doing protection work for almost 40 years and driving even longer. I assure you that you cannot make a better investment in yourself or your career than to take advantage of the information available to ISDA members. There are very few places where you can learn the needed skills for protective driving and have those skills recognized by employers all over the world.
The lessons learned from public figure attacks are the life's blood for protective details to improve. To learn from the mistakes of others. Every serious detail should know the Cantu ambush, as well as Herrhausen, Hariri, Shevardnadze, Londono, and on and on. Major kudos to the pros at ISDA for making these cases known. If you're not a member and you protect public figures, you need to join ISDA.
As I search for associations and other such organizations, I search for the desirable qualities and content relative to what I do as a security and investigations professional. Skipping to the point, I am a proud member of the International Security Driver Association. Peruse through the site and see for yourself. For those seeking flashy pictures and videos, guns blazing, hired muscle, "pay to be certified" type of garbage...you will be disappointed.
What I like about the ISDA is it gives me access to a vetted network of security trained drivers and EP professionals around the world. The group regularly shares contemporary best practices in both protective services in general and secure transportation in particular. Effective risk mitigation is as much about your network as it is your tactics, techniques and procedures.
While many associations are claiming they want to "raise the standards" there is one association that has been the "Standard" for many years in the security industry.
ISDA is the only association at the moment that I am proud being a member of. It is an association where you have a team of people with a long professional experience working on it. It is not a one man or one woman show, but a group of individuals and members who will spend their time to offer support and guidance to the new ones in the industry, for free. People who are not motivated by ego, but by the genuine willingness to help their colleagues. Because at the end of the day providing security services is teamwork. Making each other better makes our "security family" stronger, more capable and safer.
You can find free education and professional support to improve your professional image and skill set; you just need to seek it at the right group. I found it at ISDA.
Is ISDA Just for Security Drivers?
The ISDA educational, networking, mentorship, and marketing benefits are of value to all in the protection profession. Our ongoing research meets the needs of the executive protection profession. We conduct research on business, executive vehicles and equipment, apps, salaries, job opportunities, and recent attacks on principals.
What do You Get with an ISDA Membership?
ISDA members receive precedent-setting Educational Center, that is is available 24/7/365. The Center is frequently updated with the latest research, white papers, business data, and Online Learning Programs. Members receive actionable business data that assist in their marketing efforts. New data is added on a regular basis. Data includes: Salaries, Developing a Return On Investment, and Maximizing the use of Social Media and Branding. A membership directory that is marketed to 20,000 Security Practitioners.
Is ISDA a Training Program?
Although Tony Scotti’s name is synonymous with training, ISDA DOES NOT OFFER TRAINING, because certification standards state that the association offering certification should not offer training as well. We recommend training that meets the ISDA Standards, but we cannot conduct the training.
What is the difference between ISDA Membership and ISDA Certification?
ISDA membership is open to all with interest in personal protection, although the certification requires ISDA members have two years of continuous experience and complete the Certification process.
If I join ISDA will I get a job?
No. No one has the silver bullet for employment. There is none. No training, no conference, no association. All ISDA can do is create an environment that will guide members who are seeking opportunities in the profession and ensure they receive information from those who have jobs.