As we say goodbye to another year, here is a look back at the Accomplishments – new content and features – by the International Security Driver Association for our members.Read More
As we start officially into the season of Winter and the end of 2021, we take a look at the future with 11 predictions that will impact secure transportation services.Read More
The foundation of a Secure Transportation ROI plan is changing the loss of productivity that an Executive suffers – driving themselves – into efficient and productive time.Read More
For those responsible for their principals’ safe and secure transportation, 2022 will create unprecedented challenges brought on by the computer chip shortage, the increased use of connected vehicles, and the changing landscape of the automotive industry and the EP/Secure Transportation profession.Read More
I get the impression that many of those working in the profession or trying to work in the profession do not understand the concept of a Professional Certification. Many practitioners want a standard, but they want the standard to meet the curriculum of the training program that they attended – that is not how it works.Read More
There has been a great deal of talk on social media about how the industry is growing at an exponential rate. We agree, but we ask the question, in what sector of the profession is it growing, and what sector is increasing their spending on Executive Protection?Read More
One of the significant changes coming to the Secure Transportation profession is Electric Vehicles (EVs) – it is not if – it is when you will be driving EVs as your primary vehicle.Read More
The newly enacted Build Back Better Bill incorporates several provisions for standardizing vehicle safety features. Some of the Bill may affect the Security Drivers and Secure Transportation. The following are some quick hits, and an in-depth paper will be available once we go through the information available.Read More
The Human Driving Task is defined as a person who drives a particular vehicle and who, in a vehicle equipped with an automated driving system, exchanges the dynamic driving task with such a system as necessary during vehicle operation.Read More
Over the years, we have taken the Motor Trend Car of the Year award with a grain of salt – but this year is different….Read More
The reason we spend a lot of time talking about these subjects can be found in a comment made by a Bridgestone engineer – “Tire pressure affects every aspect of the tire, including the load-carrying capacity, tread contact patch shape—where the tire touches the road—and size and handling characteristics.”Read More
Telematics devices collect and measure data related to driving habits and behaviors. By monitoring drivers’ behavior, the insurers can track data and tailor insurance rates to their driving habits.Read More
The crash test data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have shown that small increases in speed can have huge effects on crash outcomes as shown in their new tests conducted by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety. They found that slightly higher speeds were enough to increase the driver’s risk of severe injury or death.Read More
Whenever we write or talk about armored vehicles, we always mention the Mercedes-Benz Guard Car. We fail to note that there are other Original Equipment…Read More
The October 2021 Newsletter for the ISDA Members. We share new members, ways to take advantage of the ISDA marketing opportunity and more.Read More
This is the first in a series of articles that will cover Best Practices for Protective Driver Training. First and foremost, driving training is a science.Read More
wo topics of discussion that can dominate social media are certification and the state of training in the executive protection and secure transportation industry. In reality, certification and training are inseparable. There is a need for standardization in the Executive Protection profession.Read More
A recent PR Release from a company marketing a comprehensive study of the Luxury Armored Vehicle Market states it will grow “at a good pace” in the years 2021 to 2026. That pace, depending on which report you go by, could be anywhere between 2% and 6%.Read More
With pandemic restrictions easing, business and consumer travel is back to pre-pandemic levels. One problem, there are rental car shortages.Read More
Over the past year, ISDA Members published four books that have significantly impacted the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Profession. It is indicative of the quality of the ISDA Membership.Read More
According to a report from Upstream Security, there were at least 150 automotive cybersecurity incidents in 2019, a 94 percent year-over-year increase since 2016. This trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon with more communication methods built into new vehicles, including massive over-the-air update technologies.Read More
Your vehicle has a precious metal container infused with a precious metal that is selling for about $28,000 per ounce right now; that’s 15-times the price of gold. The metal is Rhodium, and the container is your Catalytic converter.Read More
Connected Vehicles are when they share data between servers, apps, and the vehicles’ various components to enable telematics services, smart mobility services, and more.Read More
Known by its full name as the Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard 4Matic. It is available with a long wheelbase. The sedan has been engineered to receive VPAM VR10 certification. VR10 is the highest certification ballistic standard available to civilians. VPAM means a complete vehicle was tested and certified. Basically, It’s the highest level with regard to ballistic protection for a civilian vehicle.Read More
Many of the newer Executive Vehicles, including SUVs, come with Low Profile tires. There are advantages and disadvantages to low-profile tires.Read More
n interesting and informative article from the February issue of Motor Trend Magazine. The article covers the process used by armored car manufacturers to produce an armored vehicle.Read More
A couple of weeks Tom Cruise’s BMW X7 was stolen by a cyber hack. The thieves allegedly used a scanner to clone the car’s keyless ignition fob.Read More
We know that drinking and driving and texting and driving are dangerous and are hazardous to your health and the health of those who share the road with you.
But we need to add another scenario to the distracted while driving series, driving while marketing.Read More
The number one cause of workplace fatalities is car accidents. The statistics that point to the need for a driver trained to avoid problems are overwhelming.
The fact is that the time an executive spends in their vehicle is the highest risk period of their day.Read More
Data says 65% of attacks occur while in or near a vehicle. How much of your time do you spend on training that mitigates the massive risk of vehicle attacks?
For close to 50 years, we have preached the need for surveillance detection, situation awareness, and armored vehicles. We are still talking about incidents resulting from a lack of surveillance detection, situational awareness, and armored vehicles.Read More
Carlos Marighella and the need for Surveillance Detection are inseparable; his impact on the executive protection and secure transportation profession is immeasurable.Read More
The paper outlines these significant developments and others in the security industry and to foster further discussion, analysis, and solutions.Read More
Having been at this for nearly five decades, it has become apparent that most people shy away from using science and the laws of physics as an educational and training tool because of the math it requires.Read More
June 11th Fusion Security Specialist Hiring EventSecurity Industry Specialists – Culver City, CA Executive Protection Specialist (Madison, WI)American Family Insurance – Madison, WI$88,400 a year Executive Protection…Read More
The International Security Driver Training Association (ISDA) is looking for companies with technology or products that will assist the ISDA membership and the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation community to supply safe and secure transportation.Read More
This is, as the title suggests, our first Secure Transportation News (STN). The catalyst for creating STN is to share the volume of information ISDA curates, such as industry news and data, with the community. STN will cover all aspects of protective services.Read More
From time to time, with the assistance of the Membership, ISDA conducts industry surveys. Our goal is to collect metrics that are of use to the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation profession. Data that can assist practitioners with the decision making process. Some of the surveys are for ISDA members only, but others we released to the community.Read More
ISDA has created the COVID-19 Secure Transportation and EP Information center. In the Center, readers will find articles – data, and metrics that can assist practitioners working in the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection profession. Our goal is to help the community navigate its way through the problems created by the pandemic.Read More
The December issue of the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Magazine has seven articles covering all aspects of the Secure Transportation, Executive Protection profession, and the Business of Executive Protection.Read More
We’ve had an influx of new members over the last few months; our new members represent all sectors of the profession and spread across the globe.
But there is one new member that I would like to bring to your attention; his name is George Sardelis.Read More
Whether driving down the highway, around corners or trying to navigate out of a potentially dangerous scenario, the vehicle driver combination must operate within the laws of physics and specifically within Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion.
An understanding of vehicle dynamics creates the platform for a standard for one of the most important aspects of executive protection – secure transportation.
It is ISDA’s opinion that many training providers take liberty with the phrase Vehicle Dynamics. This opinion is not a criticism but an observation.
Vehicle Dynamics is a scientific and objective approach to Secure Transportation, Security Driving, and Training.
A mix of magazines for the protection professional from security-related to chauffeur-related, and anywhere in between.Read More
The Executive Protection/Security Driving Training Market – How much money do practitioners spend on training with the GI Bill?Read More
These are two research papers put together to build a knowledge base on the topic of ambush assaults against law enforcement.
In light of the present conditions in this country, both for Law Enforcement Community and those who supply Secure Transportation, these studies would be a good read. Although meant for Law Enforcement, there are sections in both reports that would apply to those who supply Secure Transportation.Read More
ISDA receives volumes of information through news and research. The EPST news shares some of the data we receive with the community. This post covers tires – cleanliness of executive vehicles and articles and the latest EPST podcast episodes.Read More
ISDA is collecting data to determine the amount of money spent on Executive Protection and Security Driving Training.
In conducting the research, we collected some interesting information. We looked at a government site that gathers data on Executive Protection Training schools that offered the Post-9/11 GI Bill; the data is from 2018.Read More
At one time, when bad things happened, it was all up to the driver to control the vehicle. The person holding on to the steering wheel made all the decisions. The driver was the algorithm that determined the outcome of the event.
Now computers control executive vehicles, and in an emergency scenario, accident, or vehicle violence, the executive vehicles rely on the computer algorithm to control the vehicle.Read More
All vehicles have inherent characteristics that, if not understood and monitored, can decrease a vehicle’s performance and create a dangerous scenario for the principal. There are numbers that represent these vehicle characteristics; most can be found in the owner’s manual.Read More
Does the number of training schools that advertise using the term “certification” lead to unrealistic expectations or assumptions on behalf of the attendee that might lead them into thinking guaranteed placement or success?Read More
From Moro in the late ’70s, to Herrhausen in the ’80s, and Reso in the ’90s, and more recently Omar García Harfuch in 2020, there has been a common denominator. In each of these attacks, surveillance detection has played a significant role in the scenario’s outcome.Read More
I have found that my sense of curiosity has not been affected by my advanced years; I still enjoy reading and analyzing the information presented…Read More
A collection of articles related to Executive Protection and Secure Transportation and the ISDA membership.Read More
ISDA Member News for August 2020 Tires If you have been anywhere near a Scotti School or VDI program, you know the importance we place…Read More
Many times, when we examine a vehicle ambush, the discussions will always ask the question “What If.” What if the driver moved the steering wheel a half a second sooner – applied the brakes a second earlier – made a decision quicker – had the ability to use more of the vehicle capability.Read More
Knowledge is Power – Sharing Knowledge is Powerful. The average ISDA member has 15 years of experience; many have been working in the profession for…Read More
Although there are no metrics that cover “Sharing Knowledge,” in 2019, the amount of information and knowledge shared by the ISDA membership is unsurpassed in the profession.Read More
Since the Omar García Harfuch Ambush, we (ISDA) have received questions concerning the use of armored vehicles in protective services.Read More
These are the result of the survey that ISDA conducted a few months back. Keep in mind that the survey was conducted during the height…Read More
During my 45 years and for the past 18 years, Joe Autera, and I have conducted forensic analysis on countless vehicle attacks. As we have in…Read More
There are conflicting reports about how the attack unfolded – these are some videos and articles supplied by ISDA Members – Mark Caldwell and Gerardo…Read More
First and foremost – WHAT IS NOT SECURITY DRIVING – a security driver IS NOT a person who attended an EP Training program and has a driver’s…Read More
In June of 2010, Rodolfo Torre Cantu, a physician, and politician running for governor of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, was assassinated while driving in a non-armored two-vehicle scenario.Read More
Three Seconds to Safety is a booklet that covers carjacking. Like the author, Tony Scotti, the booklet is old, it was written in the late…Read More
This article was written around 1995 (25 years ago) by Fred Foster. At that time, Fred was the CEO of 7 Trees, a security company…Read More
These are the results of the Coronavirus Survey.
The number of participants makes the survey statistically accurate for our association, but not for the general EP/Secure Transportation community.
The demographics of ISDA are not similar got the profession in general; Hence I would estimate the data is not statistically accurate for the security professional.Read More
A Woman’s Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIPs and Working in Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Places I had the privilege of…Read More
These are a few older videos that describe how to look for a job in your geographical location. The LinkedIn Job App is outdated Overview…Read More
The goal of Secure Transportation is to supply safe and secure transportation for your principal or client. With COVID-19 upon us, the safe portion of…Read More
Sharing knowledge is the ISDA culture, and its members define ISDA’s culture. This post is a collection of Member’ LinkedIn Articles. Approximately 100 articles are…Read More
In a recent Vehicle Dynamics Institute (VDI) Newsletter, Joe Autera wrote a one-sentence comment that can answer that question. So, consider the following information as…Read More
56% Of Those Who Supply Secure Transportation Use Rental Vehicles – the title of this article comes from data collected from the 2019 ISDA Executive…Read More
We strongly suggest that anyone who attends a Security Driving training program is measured in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 135. This is the standard that is used to measure vehicle braking performance. As a security driver, you must be able to perform at a much higher level than “minimum” (it is what you get paid to do).Read More
When moving through any scenario the driver is managing time and distance. In an emergency, survival comes down to how much time and distance do you have to avoid the problem.Read More
Over the last few years there have been a few training providers and security driver instructors that use the standard and methodology I created, and by association attach me to their training or instructor credentials. Some have used the phrase “Scotti-Certified Instructor.” With some, that may be correct, but the question is “When did I teach them?” So let me set the record straight.Read More
I have received PM’s, emails, and phone calls concerning training providers using the phrase “The Science of Driving, and OUR 80% standard for measuring driving skill, so I thought a history lesson was in order.Read More
As we come to the end of 2019, we thought it best to share the accomplishments, highlights, and spotlights of the association.Read More
An article published in Law Enforcement Today Magazine created a great deal of concern, not only by those that offer training in Virginia but by…Read More
When viewed through the lens of corporate governance, providing an appropriately trained executive driver may just be elevated from something that is an attractive perk…Read More
Rodolfo Torre Cantu was a physician and politician running for governor of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas. While driving in a non-armored two-vehicle scenario, he…Read More
Throughout the years there were vehicle attacks that change the way we train. They received the attention of the security community and the businesses they…Read More
We (ISDA) are in the process of researching the EP training business. In the course of our research, we came across an interesting metric. Without…Read More
In July of last year, I achieved the status of an octogenarian. I have been working in the profession for close to 45 years. During…Read More
Although this more than 40-year loyalty to our brand and methodology may seem unusual to some, it is actually a common occurrence at the old Scotti School and now VDI.Read More
An interesting metric from the ISDA Executive Vehicle & Secure Transportation Survey – Seventy percent of survey participants drive in winter conditions—this aligns with the…Read More
There are a substantial number of EP practitioners working in California and the Gig Economy. A California bill (AB5) set to become law is directed…Read More
In the Corporate and HNW community, Kidnap and Ransom (K&R) Insurance is a catalyst for the use of Secure Transportation and Executive Protection. Understanding it,…Read More
Some of the ISDA members from the UK and some of the social media community criticize the Security Industry Authority (SIA). We have seen posts from the UK CP practitioners criticizing the SIA, and we (ISDA) don’t know why.Read More
The Executive Vehicle & Secure Transportation Survey is conducted biennially since 2013.
Over the last six years, the surveys have covered various aspects of secure transportation. The goal of the survey has been to examine trends and collect data to develop a broader perspective on the secure transportation profession.Read More
Social Media, in general, is a source for entertainment, not a source of knowledge, but there are websites that we provide educational content at no charge.Read More
The Security Executive Council is a research and advisory firm that focuses on corporate security risk mitigation strategies and plans. Among the services they offer is a free series of videos covering all aspects of security.Read More
This article appeared in the Best Rides website. The data from the research indicates that you are more likely to have a fatal car crash due to tie failure than from cell phone use. At the time I found the numbers hard to believe.Read More
Front crash prevention systems alert the driver when the vehicle is getting too close to one in front of it.Read More
Adaptive headlights help drivers see better on dark, curved roads. The headlights pivot in the direction of travel based on steering wheel movement.Read More
A related feature to forward collision avoidance is adaptive cruise control, which is typically marketed as a convenience feature.Read More
We hope you had a great week! Here’s what been going within the membership. If you have anything you’d like to share let us know…Read More
The Security Industry has its own set of publications. This is a short list that covers a broad spectrum of publications. The list includes Circuit Magazine, a publication for Bodyguards which many of our members are contributors, and the Harvard Law School – National Security Journal.
View the Security Industry PublicationsRead More
After dawn prayers Oct. 5, 2013, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a wanted al-Qaeda terrorism suspect, returned to his family’s home in Tripoli, Libya.
He stopped his car in front of the house, nestled in an affluent neighborhood in the coastal capital city. It was 6:38 a.m. and still dark.
A white van trailing Ruqai pulled alongside his car. Then at least three men, with guns drawn, jumped out of the van as another car blocked Ruqai’s escape and a third vehicle idled down the street.Read More
To ensure the safety and security of the principal, security drivers and secure transportation providers should understand that all vehicles have inherent characteristics that decrease the performance of the vehicle, and create a dangerous scenario for the principal. One of those characteristics is the vehicle’s static stability factor (SSF).Read More
The following is a collection of White Papers we have curated over the last few months – we will be adding more. password required Lesser-Known…Read More
When vehicle violence occurs, the Security Driver needs to have all three side of the ”Security Driver Triangle” working for them. However, there have been scenarios where two sides of the triangle (The Driver and the Vehicle) overcame weakness in the third side (The Environment), none better than the 1995 motorcade attack on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.Read More