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
July 10th Global Director, Corporate SecurityCompany Name Whirlpool CorporationCompany Location Benton Harbor, Michiganhttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1940838504 Sr Program Manager, Executive SecurityCompany Name T-Mobile Company Location Bellevue, WA, UShttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1913602526/ Residential Security Team…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
I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of “The Protector”. The book chronicles Mary Beth Wilkas Janke’s career path that starts in 1990…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 Vehicle…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
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
One of the most asked questions in Social Media and from the ISDA Network is – “What training program should I attend?” When selecting a…Read More
As you may have noticed, we have been posting Executive Protection and Secure Transportation flash briefings via Social Media. In short, it is a podcast.
We created the Executive Protection. and Secure Transportation news brief podcast on April 1st. The goal is to create a new marketing platform that allows our members to take advantage of the growing number of people that use podcasts as a source of news and educational material.
A little more than a month into the briefings, the metrics are encouraging. Over 2,700 listeners have downloaded the Podcasts from 57 countries, and the numbers are increasing exponentially.Read More
ISDA has created the Member Spotlight Program. We will be posting an ISDA member every week or twice a month, depending on member participation. The Spotlight is created from your profile as it appears in the membership directory.Read More
The goal of the Member Directory is to get your information out to the ISDA Network. Whether it be about your company, you, your history, what services you offer, or training you offer. Keep in mind that ISDA is relatively new, but our Network is 40 plus years in the making, we have been communicating with that network, via the newsletter for approximately 30 years. Long before there was Social Media (Decades Before), there was a Scotti School Newsletter. We suggest you fill out your bio for the member directory.Read More
This report is an old (2000) and lengthy report from the General Accounting Office (GAO). To get the answer to the question, the GAO asked twenty-seven agencies eight questions. Although the response from the agencies is dated, most of the findings are still valid.Read More
One of the advantages of age – and so far the only advantage I have found – is that I have been a witness to some of the events that changed the way the industry works and trains. These were “game-changing incidents”–vehicle attacks that rewrote the rules for close protection and security driving.Read More
For decades our mantra has been, “When Stuff Happens, You Can’t Be Average.” This is the first in a series of articles that will cover that moment in time “When Stuff Happens.”Read More
When a vehicle is approaching its limit of adhesion, a driver has two conflicting signals. The first signal is the steering wheel getting light, which means that it requires less effort to increase steering input (turn the steering wheel). The reason for this is that the adhesion the tire makes with the road is getting increasingly smaller – quickly.
The second signal is the vehicle load the driver feels at the back of the seat (their butt), which at the limit of adhesion is high.Read More
The Survey The ISDA Executive Vehicle and Secure Transportation Surveys have indicated that, from year to year, the use of armored vehicles in the private…Read More
The 2017 Executive Vehicle and Secure Transportation Survey and Report will be available by the end of this week to ISDA Members and survey participants…Read More
Since the mid-sixties, Carlos Marighella’s book “The Mini-Manual of The Urban Guerrilla” has been a must-read for terrorist groups throughout the world. The manual is the platform for Al Qaeda’s and Bin Laden’s training manuals.Read More
In light of the recent publishing of Inspire Magazine Issue 17 which calls on its followers to target trains in the US and Europe. We(ISDA)…Read More
Using 80% or above of the vehicle’s capability would more than likely only happen during an emergency (accident or ambush). But what percentage of the vehicle does a Security Driver use while maneuvering through the day to day mundane chore of moving the boss from Point A to Point B, such as driving up to an intersection and slowing down – stopping at a red light – driving on an off ramp or around a corner?
To answer that question, ISDA conducted an experiment.Read More
The Kill Zone is a phrase often associated with high-risk driving, but it can describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver. The scenario…Read More
What does a lot of knowledge look like? How about two, two-inch-thick books?
A while back Joe and I decide to put all our articles, posts, white papers, and research not yet published, together in one document.
The goal of collecting the information was to determine if we had enough material for a book. When the information was collected, the results were two, two -inch-thick books. So I guess the answer is yes. The attached is a picture of one of the books, the table of contents is three pages long for each book.Read More
The book was written by Tony Scotti and is more than 30 years old. The 220-page book was intended for executives and the general public…Read More
A book from International Security Driver Association Member – Steve Collins As the newspapers and television constantly remind us, violent crime is on the increase,…Read More
Last year, in an attempt to get a better understanding of the Skills Gap that exists in the Executive Protection/Secure Transportation profession, ISDA researched the…Read More
Recently, some comments posted in the Social Media post/blogs got my attention. The comments were about females in the industry. Contrary to popular belief, women…Read More
Armored Vehicle Basics – Part One is a short presentation of an upcoming online learning course that will cover Armored Vehicles.Read More
The ISDA 2015 and preliminary data from the 2017 Executive/Security Vehicle Survey indicate a dramatic increase in the use of SUVs for Executive Transportation. The…Read More
Changes in the weather conditions can challenge the most experienced Security Driver. These are some tips taken from my book Professional Driving Techniques.Read More
Porsche feels that chauffeur driven executives are the Executive Panamera market, and they believe that market is in the US and China, they may be correct, but it all depends on Porsche’s definition of “a market.” Our (ISDA) experience and our surveys indicate that it will be a hard sell.Read More
If a provider supplies “Secure Transportation” They Must Be In Compliance With The IRS Code That defines Secure Transportation. There are many secure transportation providers that use those two words as a marketing tool, BUT if a supplier does not comply with the IRS code, they expose their client to financial risk.Read More
Security Driving is a decision-making process that requires the driver to manage time and distance, and anything that slows that process down can and often does become an emergency. Whether driving the boss to work, in a low-risk environment or driving an armored vehicle in a high-risk environment, understanding the basic principles of managing time and distance is life-saving knowledge.
Our frame of reference for measuring time and distance is the speedometer which supplies information in units of kilometers and hours – KPH. The driver does not have an hour or a kilometer to make life-saving decisions; in a vehicle emergency, Kilometer Per Hour is an irrelevant unit of measurement.Read More
Although your U.S. driver’s license lets you drive in many foreign countries, the translations in the IDP are intended to minimize language barriers when you drive in countries where English is not widely spoken or understood.Read More
According to the U.S. State Department, motor-vehicle crashes – not terrorism or crime – are the No. 1 cause of death of Americans traveling abroad. Driving in environments similar to the Middle East can lead to serious issues. A duty of care requires some simple precautions.Read More
This is a comment we hear often when we (ISDA) are asked about our certification. Our answer is simple – No offense, but the ISDA…Read More
In reference to the Ohio State attack – This is an article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine,” that appeared in the Jihadist Magazine Inspire. The article…Read More
These pictures are taken from the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire, Issue 16. This issue of the magazine offers lessons on building a pressure cooker bomb and where, when and how to detonate the bomb for maximum effectiveness. The picture outlines the four steps in building a successful pressure cooker bomb.Read More
From 1979 – I’m sure most of the people reading this do not remember the Volvo 242 GT, it was a hell of a performance…Read More
It may not have a high educational value but it is great entertainment. It’s been 15 years since BMW made its first foray into Hollywood…Read More
A Skills Gap is defined as the difference between what the market wants and what is available for skill. This is a common problem in all industries. In an attempt to get a better understanding of the Skills Gap that exists in the Executive Protection/Secure Transportation profession, ISDA researched the job market. Our goal was to determine the skills, education and training, and experience that are the most sought after by the Executive Protection job market.Read More
The recent video of a Secret Service Agent driving the Presidential Limo in reverse around Lime Rock Race Track took the social media by storm. According to some reports the video received 40 Million views. The majority of those viewing the video were under the impression that the video was real, but actually, it was an excellent animation. Truth be told, the first time I looked at it, I thought it was real.
The video did create many questions concerning the skills needed to drive in reverse.
So for those working in the Secure Transportation profession; some thoughts on backing up.
Here are some quick points on backing up when the objective is to escape the Kill ZoneRead More
An old book from an old friend – Since its release in 1994, Killing Zone: A Professional’s Guide to Preparing and Preventing Ambushes has been hailed by…Read More
This is an excerpt Transportation Security White Paper I wrote in 1979 (41 Years Ago). The paper was written for the International Association of Chiefs of…Read More
Raffaele Di Giorgio’s book is about protecting our protectors. The men and women, and the agencies they work for, who go out every day and risk…Read More
The Friction Circle is a graphic and straightforward method of measuring a driver’s level of competence in any vehicle in any scenario. Via an APP or…Read More
The Police Ambush Fact Sheet A report produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police – US Department of Justice community Oriented Policing Services –…Read More
The article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine”, called for jihadists to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but to mow down the enemies of Allah. “The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles.”Read More
If an individual has an average occupation, my guess would be they can survive having average skills. But as a member of the protection profession, you…Read More
The following is an excerpt from the results of 2015 ISDA Security Vehicle/Secure Transportation Survey. One of the questions asked in the survey was –…Read More
Finally, a book for both public and private sector protection professionals who are required to manage protective operations with a minimum of headcount and budget, in an increasingly complex and demanding environment.
As the title suggests, this book is about the lessons learned through several thousand years of trial-and-error, creating and adopting best-practices, striving to provide protection for persons of public interest and others at risk.
Inside the Bubble is a new book authored by ISDA Member Mark James. Mark came to the Protective Services Profession via the corporate community. He is a former corporate executive and performance consultant to Fortune 500 companies and now executive director of a full service protection agency, Panther Protection.
Although Mark is emphatic that his book is not about “Protective Services”, and we agree, it is a book that should be read by all security practitioners.Read More
Are you training for a career or a job?
It seems that one of the most asked questions on social media is – What EP/CP training program should I attend? Those that ask that question need to ask one of themselves – What are my goals? Are you looking for a career or are you satisfied with a job? What is it that I want from the training program and what will be my training ROI? It must be noted that many of the high-level EP Practitioners have never attended an EP Training program.Read More
If you are relatively new, or have been in the profession for some time; whether you are a sole practitioner looking for the next job; a security provider looking for the next customer or client; or a trainer looking for the next student…
YOU OR YOUR COMPANY ARE A BUSINESS!Read More
If you enjoy reading and are involved in the profession, ISDA Member Tom Taylor supplies you with a great reading and learning experience. Tom as authored a series of novels based on the EP profession. Tom takes the day to day tasks of a protection team and turns them into a page turning work of fiction. All of Tom’s novels are executive protection handbooks, masquerading as novels. We (ISDA) are a bit prejudice, but in our minds Tom’s novels are better than many EP books.
EP Novels By Tom TaylorRead More
Coming up is the 102nd running of the Indy 500, so I thought I would do a simple analysis of the track; hopefully it will…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 was ambushed and assassinated.Read More
This article was originally posted in the November 2015 ISDA Member Newsletter. Considering a recent Fox News broadcast entitled – “Al Qaeda magazine calls for…Read More