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 description of a Security Driver. Security Driving is more than the act of driving the vehicle. It requires the skill and knowledge to move a principal from point A to point B in a safe and secure manner in a variety of environments. In fact, Security Driving is better called Secure Transportation which includes an in-depth knowledge, and a measured level of skill to conduct route surveys; recognize and develop safe havens – alternate route plans, and develop emergency evacuation plans, along with emergency medical and surveillance detection skills.
The present EP Training doctrine suggests that Security Driving is a secondary skill, many times described as an “add-on,” or training you “may” want to consider after you have been to an EP training program. The fact is the training community, does not determine the skills sets necessary for employment; it is the job market that decides the skill sets required.
The skill sets required for employment are decided by the most important members of the protection industry – the decision makers – those who supply jobs. And for decades that market employs those who have Secure Transportation skills. There is a simple explanation – statistics have indicated that the overwhelming majority of security incidents involving corporate executives – and high-profile individuals, including government and military, have occurred while the targeted individual was in or around their vehicle. Therefore in the educated market of protective services history and common sense dictates security practitioners address the incidents that have the highest probability of occurrence – which is traveling by vehicle.
The takeaway from all this is that Secure Transportation skills are in demand for the educated consumer of protective services. This market requires that their employees are trained to a measurable standard and in skills that mitigate risk. As a newcomer to the industry or as a practitioner seeking full-time employment chose training wisely. Paying to acquire skills that will not help secure your future in the industry is like burning money.
Join the International Security Driver Association (ISDA)
ISDA serves the protective services community. The ISDA membership is open to all with an interest in personal protection.
Whether you are exploring a career in executive protection, honing your expertise, or, you are an established security executive, ISDA is your essential resource for continuing education, benchmark research, and online learning programs, all designed to improve your skill set and advance your business.
ISDA membership enables you to:
- Access benchmark educational, networking, and marketing programs.
- Connect with your colleagues and peers across the globe via the member directory.
- Increase your knowledge and marketability through the precedent-setting education center, research, and online learning programs.
- Be part of a supportive community of like-minded experienced personal protection professionals.
- Obtain Certification to members who meet the requirements. The ISDA Certification process has been accepted by the corporate community for 40 years. ISDA certification provides proof of knowledge and skill.