Latest Articles

Liability Versus the Almighty Dollar

Liability Versus the Almighty Dollar

In “Rental Vehicles and Secure Transportation; Best practices for Less-Than Perfect Solution” (Vehicle Dynamics Institute, Nov 25, 2014), Joseph Autera, a well-known and respected leader in the Executive Protection (EP)/security driver industry, describes a scenario in which an EP/security driver finds himself behind the wheel of a rented automobile for an assignment. While the article mentions such things as vehicle type and mechanical condition, it misses a crucial point—Liability. Professional security service firms are creating situations where drivers are exposed to risk because the firms’ practices are at odds with current laws and insurance policies.

Read More

The Science of Security Driving

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.

Read More

Counter-Ambush Tactics for Civilians

Counter-Ambush Tactics

Anyone can become a victim of an ambush, be it a robbery, carjacking, or straight up assault.  If we work in or travel through hostile environments (war zones, insurgent areas, high crime neighborhoods) we need to utilize some specific skills to prevent or survive an ambush.  In the protective operations world, these are sometimes referred to as Protective Intelligence (PI) skills while in other security disciplines they are known as situational and tactical awareness skills. 

Read More