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
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
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
Former ISDA Member Duke Speed has authored a new book titled “Advance Agent Planning Guide – The Executive Protection Specialist’s Guide for Conducting Advance Operations“….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
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
If you are a Veteran asking one of these two questions, “What schools accept the GI or Post 911 Bill” or “I am about to…Read 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 (43 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
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
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.
If you are looking for a job, whether it’s to get your foot in the door, or taking your career to the next level, the only person who can find the right job for you – is you. You know all the details about you: what experience and training skills you have, the location you would like to find work, the market/niche you want to work in and with what companies.
But where do you look to find the best jobs?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
This is a promotional video of an upcoming series of online training. The series will discuss in detail the decisions that need to be made when selecting an executive vehicle. The ISDA online training are free for ISDA members and offered at a fee to non-members. All recorded webinars and materials will be available on the ISDA website long after the webinar.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
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
Scenario Based Training (SBT) has always proven to be one of the best methods of instruction. This is an introduction to a series of SBT, 3D…Read More
One of the first “vehicle assassinations” was that of Tsar Alexander II in Russia. He was one of the first victims of an assassination in…Read More
State Dept.: 60% of ‘Mishaps’ Involving U.S. Armored Vehicles Overseas Were Preventable My Thoughts This is not only a problem for the State Department overseas; it…Read More
This is a video of an upcoming series of online training produced by the International Security Driver Association (ISDA). The online training will incorporate an animated computer…Read More
We are pleased to announce our new ISDA YouTube channel. Although the channel is in its infancy, over the next few months we will be…Read More
ISDA member Deni Athena was recently interviewed by the BBC. Deni is indicative of the ISDA membership, and we are proud to have Deni as…Read More
Starting in the mid 1980’s the Scotti School published a quarterly newsletter for the Protective Services Community. They were hard copies distributed in the old fashion way – US mail. Over the years the newsletter morphed into the ISDA Email Newsletter. ISDA is an acronym for the International Security Driver Association. Although concentrating on secure transportation, the newsletter is of value to all in the protective services profession.
Through the combination of our newsletters and the ISDA Network, ISDA members reach more than 7,500 security practitioners, representing the Corporate, High Net Worth, Military, and government communities. Many of those who read the newsletter cannot be reached via the traditional social media outlets.
An attack on the principal is a time, distance relationship. Moving the principal, driving, or walking is managing time and distance. If there is an attack…Read More
Two topics of discussions that dominate social media, both in the U.S. and abroad are certification and the state of training in the protection industry. In reality, the two subjects cannot be separated. IMHO – The job market wants, and will support, a certification that meets standards set by respected industry and government organizations. Those who supply job opportunities welcome a certification that withstands the scrutiny of the corporate, legal, and insurance community. Nonetheless, there are still global job markets in the protection business where certification, insurance risk, and liability are not major concerns.Read More
This is part two of a post that originated on LinkedIn in October of 2015. The title of the post was “Does Security Driving have…Read More
ISDA Member Robin Barratt has published a manual titled “Finding Work as a Close Protection Specialist” the 2015-2016 updated edition.Read More
On August 21st the International Security Driver Association (ISDA) conducted the first in a series of Constant Learning Programs for the protective services community. ISDA…Read More
The following are the results of a survey sent in April this year to ISDA Members, and Secure Transportation practitioners representing the Corporate, High Net Worth, Private Security community. A similar survey was conducted in 2013 and, when applicable, a comparison will be made tot hat survey.Read More
Those of us who live in winter-weather country are just emerging from record-setting snow and freezing temperatures. And now there’s a new problem to face: potholes. Thanks to this winter’s extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles, the spring of 2015 promises to be an epic pothole season. And that’s not good news for those providing secure transportation.
Potholes are a matter of safety and inconvenience. But there are things that can be done before, during, and after hitting a pothole. Develop a proactive approach similar to a security scenario except you’re avoiding potholes instead of security issues.Read More
The book is based on Patrick’s training as a Marine. The title of the book, Left of Bang, comes from the Marines Combat Hunter Course….Read More
There are those who believe that if they have training and/or experience, their education is complete. But in a time when there are ever more…Read More
The polar plunge that has chilled much of the nation does more than bring out ice scrapers and antifreeze. It can trigger a vehicle’s tire-pressure-monitoring system overnight, sending nervous drivers to dealers and service centers.
For example, about 20 customers visited a Chevrolet dealership because their tire-pressure-warning icons were illuminated. Here’s why a cold snap affects tire pressure and sets off the tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) warning lamp.Read More
Cold weather can wreak havoc on a vehicle, some useful web articles, and Winter Emergency Kits to keep you, your principal, and your family safe…Read More
We have read the book, as we have with all of Tom’s books”, and they just keep on getting better. For those who are not…Read More
A while back we conducted a Vehicle Dynamics Training Program for a Law Enforcement Agency in Massachusetts. One of the training vehicles was a Ford…Read More
The History of Security Driving is an old (2013) and short presentation of an upcoming Secure Transportation, online learning course. It is narrated by Tony…Read More
These are sales videos but they are all about kidnappings and vehicle attacks, some funny.Read More
Job title: Security Driver Job summary: Drives automobile to safely and efficiently transport corporate executives, dignitaries and others deemed at risk while performing the following essential…Read More
Maintaining correct tire pressure helps optimize tire performance and fuel economy. Correct tire inflation pressure allows drivers to experience tire comfort, durability, and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicles. Tire deflection (the tread and sidewall flexing where the tread comes into contact with the road) will remain as originally designed and excessive sidewall flexing and tread squirm will be avoided. Heat buildup will be managed and rolling resistance will be appropriate. Proper tire inflation pressure also stabilizes the tire’s structure, blending the tire’s responsiveness, traction and handling.Read More
Tony Quiroga a writer for Car and Driver did an article on the Friction Circle, in my opinion he is one of the better automotive…Read More
I was watching a TV ad about a 4WD SUV, the announcer was talking about driving on “Black Ice”, and he mentioned that if you…Read More
Full discloser – when speaking on this subject I am at a disadvantage – even though I have been conducting training for 40 years, over…Read More
For some in the industry, especially those just entering the business, there is a misconception of what defines Security Driving, and in particular, the job…Read More
Branding and marketing for the Protection Services Professional – for the freelance Protective Service agent and for those companies providing protective services branding and marketing…Read More
Although it is an advertisement for BMW High-Security Vehicles – this YouTube video is still a good primer on armored cars.Read More