EP Operations 2020 Heatmap

Tegumen has recently developed a proprietary rating model to identify the most significant geographies for Executive Protection operations for the next five to ten years. The analysis is aimed at anticipating the geographies where Fortune 500 and Global 2000 EP details will be more likely to operate in over the course of an average year.  A couple of clarifications about the analysis:

  • The results are used as a baseline for the forecasting of corporate EP teams operations, and advance planning of resources, competencies and other requirements. Obviously, each global enterprise or international organization will have a unique geographic and operational footprint that, to some degree, will supersede the baseline scores.
  • The heatmap and its underlying scoring methodology is aimed at the corporate and Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) sectors of the protective security industry (as opposed to the High-Threat/PSD, diplomatic, faith-based, or celebrity protective ops.)
  • Volume and frequency of routine protective efforts weigh more heavily on the scoring methodology, as opposed to geographic risk or threat level. Driving factors include number of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporate headquarters, airport traffic, urban population and growth rates, market conditions, UHNW population, etc.

EP Ops Heatmap 2020 | Click on map to access the dashboard

How to use this map: Third-generation protective efforts are highly adaptive and intelligence driven. By anticipating high likelihood/frequency operating environments and destinations, EP teams can improve advance planning and identify/engage resources that will be needed in such geographies. Merge your organization’s key locations and past/projected travel patterns with the baseline data included herein in order to assign probability scores to countries and cities. In addition, by mapping the unique risk profiles of these operating environments, teams can adapt skills, competencies and training to match the dominant risk domains.

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3rd Generation EP Defined

Executive Protection Evolved

This is an update/repost from Filippo Marino’s ‘Protective Intelligence 2.0’ 2010 e-book.

The evolution of the Executive Protection (EP) profession can be linked to three distinct phases or generations, each characterized by specific professional philosophies, priorities and competencies. The first transition or generational shift occurred during the 1980’s with the introduction of the executive protection agent or specialist by industry trailblazers like Richard Kobetz and Chuck Vance. By adopting and transferring lessons and protocols developed by the US Secret Service and other government agencies with a protective security mandate, these second-generation EP professionals distanced themselves from the traditional image of brawny bodyguards. Physical and reactive skills gave way to increasingly sophisticated and diverse competencies and experiences like risk assessments, advance planning, defensive driving and a growing emphasis on protective protocols, target hardening, as well as travel facilitation.

However, few of the circumstances that drove the profession and the related skills for EP agents twenty or more years ago exist today. In spite of public perception about the dangers of the world we live in, and a media increasingly driven by sensationalism and fear, crime in the US declined dramatically in the past 20 to 25 years; Europe – with few exceptions – experienced a similar decline since the late 1990’s… Read more ›

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Beneath the Surface

The value of a corporate EP programs is unquestionably linked to activities and efforts occurring beyond the visible spectrum of most protectees and other program stakeholders. Unfortunately, still too few can effectively articulate, assess or measure the maturity and impact of the work beneath the surface, and the competencies they require. Below is a glimpse at what to looks for. (Click on Fullscreen in the lower right corner for a better experience.)

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PROTECT: The Long (Annotated) Form

Principal (or Protectee)

Consider P’s input/direction; special circumstances (health, family events, preferences, history, etc.)

Instructions: Refer to (or develop) the critical medical info sheet containing P’s conditions, medications, allergies, physicians’ contact, etc..

Examples: “Has just undergone knee surgery. Has limited mobility of right leg and is still on prescription pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications.” “Daughter has a special activity at 3 pm on Wednesday and P may try to break away from group ahead of schedule to reach the school in time. May impact transfer plans.”


The risk categories below reflect and translate into the full-spectrum of traditional mitigation opportunities and strategies, ranging from close protection and medical support, to stage design and secure transportation. Rate each area on a scale from 1 to 5 (with 5 being Extremely High risk/vulnerability) to identify and plan for mitigation priorities.

EP3 Risk Domains

EP Risk Domains by Mitigation Strategies

  • Accidents, Incidents, or Emergencies

MVAs, medical emergencies, fire/earthquakes/etc., severe weather, structural failures, power failures, etc.

  • Physical Attack (Crime & Terrorism)

Violent behavior (assault/battery), robbery, assassination attempt, kidnapping, etc.

  • Uncomfortable, Inappropriate or Threatening Behavior

Stalking, activism/demonstration/disruption, altered-state approaches or hostile interlocutors, inappropriate/threatening communications, etc. Read more ›

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