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Four New Books by ISDA Members

Four New Books by ISDA Members

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.

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Vehicle Cybersecurity

Vehicle Cybersecurity

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.

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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic Converter Thefts

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.

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ISDACenterOrg New Mercedes Guard Car

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.

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Distracted While Marketing

Distracted While Marketing

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.

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ISDACenter.Org Vehicle Ambush In Mexico and Surveillance Detection

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.

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The ISDA YouTube Channel

ISDA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

We invite you to subscribe to the International Security Driver Association YouTube channel.

Along with posting our own content, we post videos that would be of interest to Executive Protection secure transportation practitioners.

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ISDA Industry Surveys

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.

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ISDA COVID-19 Center

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.

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EPST Magazine December 2020

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.

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ISDA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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.

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POLICE AMBUSH RESEARCH PAPERS

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.

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In case you missed it, ISDA has re-launched its much-acclaimed podcast – Executive Protection and Secure Transportation News. Every week we share secure transportation and executive protection knowledge, headlines, trends, educational content, and announcements from the International Security Driver Association and SecurityDriver.Com A new episode is published every Tuesday at 12 PM. You can find it in your favorite podcast app.

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EXECUTIVE VEHICLES ARE CHANGING - ESC

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.

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The Joystick Driver

The Joystick Driver

Any and every security driver who has been out working for a while has been through this, and some go through it every single day. A very frustrating ordeal that could jeopardize the whole protection program and any transportation movement in a moment’s notice. This causes a lack of focus, disruptive lack of planning ahead, frustration, and damage to dynamic teamwork. It undermines the whole effort of trying to escort/transport a principal from A to B safely. I am talking about having a Close Protection Officer (CPO) on the right seat next to you – trying to micromanage every aspect of your driving – like he could control all of your actions and movements with a joystick-like a video game.

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All security drivers need a firm foundation in defensive driving and vehicle dynamics. After all, if you can’t drive, you can’t escape a potentially dangerous situation.

Being a professional security driver means having the ability to drive out of a situation and having the knowledge to use the vehicle to its fullest potential, whatever the weather or vehicle type.

Many security drivers will use a different type of vehicle from on task to another, requiring them to understand the many intricacies and types.

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As someone who has worked in the Executive Protection (EP) industry for more than 40 years, and have operated a licensed EP/Security/PI agency providing Executive Protection and Protection Driving for 30 years, I felt compelled to talk about this topic to clarify some of the issues regarding independent contractors (IC) and employee (1099 vs W2) status as it pertains to our industry.

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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.

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Science of Driving - What if - scenario base driver training

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.

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security driver training and braking

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).

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Marketing by Innuendo

Security Driving Marketing by Innuendo

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.

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To get a better understanding of the Dangers of Distracted Driving, we can use a phrase associated with security and security driving – “The Kill Zone.” Although the term Kill Zone is used by the security community, it can also describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver and passengers. Not looking where you are going for 2 to 3 seconds falls into that category.

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Autonomous Vehicle Levels

It seems that every news agency and certainly every auto-enthusiast magazine and blog are discussing autonomous vehicles and the technology that goes into making vehicles self-driving. What isn’t really discussed or understood is that there are different levels of self-driving.

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Vehicle Static Stability Factor

Science of Security Driving

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).

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The Computer Chip in Your Butt

Computer chip in your butt

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.

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Science of Security Driving

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.

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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.

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