I recently took on the role of Chair for the Canadian Chapter of the Institute for Strategic Risk Management (ISRM). The first order of business was finding a great Vice-Chair. I was fortunate enough to have Andrea Chedas, the Head of Corporate Security at WealthSimple take on this important role. For our inaugural Chapter event, we partnered with the Threat Intelligence Exchange Roundtable (TIER), a Toronto-based, cross sector group of corporate security/intelligence professionals to host a webinar on crisis management fundamentals.
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One of the greatest benefits of being part of ASIS is the amazing learning opportunities. As Chair of the ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity (CMBC) Community Steering Committee, I am fortunate enough to work with our Content Committee creating educational material. For the March podcast they knocked it out of the park again! I learned so much about AI and its potential impacts from everyone that participated.
The podcast delved into the potential risks and threats posed by the use of ChatGPT in various applications, and also discussed the ability of ChatGPT to generate human-like responses in order to be exploited by bad actors to deceive and manipulate individuals.
Andrew J Peden interviewed two experts in the field of AI, cybersecurity, and intelligence gathering, Tony J Ridley and Peter G. Warmka, to understand the current state of security measures and protocols in place to mitigate these risks.
Security planning in operations must be an intelligence lead activity. Finding high quality reporting that you can trust is not always easy. Some organisations try and build their own intelligence production capability but this too can be quite difficult and costly.
Here at RCAS, our professional backgrounds in government spoiled us with very high quality intelligence collection and production. We toyed with the idea of building our own capability but quickly realized this was not going to be cost prohibitive. We decided to subscribe to a variety of paid services for day to day awareness yet this didn’t give us any bespoke capabilities.
Today, when we need specialized intelligence to support our operations, we rely on NSSG’s organic intelligence capability. Their team is stacked with exceptional intelligence professionals with amazing access to ground truth in a variety of regions. I invite you to sample their Jan 2023 Global Risk Outlook as well as xxxxxxxxx.
2023 will be marked by the increase need to understand how to balance risks and opportunities. Hence, NSSG’s Talks first edition tackled one such important topic while trying to understand how do leaders face crises?
On January 25th the Leaders vs Crises webinar James and I discussed crisis management with our trusted colleague Alessandro Martello MSyl the CEO of North Star Support Group (NSSG), a Romania-based risk management firm with offices in Egypt, Ukraine and US.
With 20+ years of experience in the security industry, Alessandro developed risk management systems in support of large-scale projects and organisations operating globally. As for his crisis management experience, he would like to recall the Ukraine unfolding events (starting with December 2021 throughout 2022), the 2016 Turkiye political and social crisis, the 2014 Suez Channel’s Enlargement Project (covering large areas within the Sinai Peninsula) and, last but not least, holding various crisis management roles during what we know as the “Arab Spring” moment back in 2011.
As previously posted, this January, I have taken on the role of Chair of the ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity (CMBC) Community Steering Committee. We are ASIS’ second largest Community and have committed to continuing to produce high quality and relevant content. Our CMBC Content Committee is kicking off a year-long series of informative, timely and vital podcasts to keep you on top of your game. Every two months a new podcast will be released showcasing various security professionals on topics we all need to know.
There is a running joke in my household that next year will be the “easy” year as there always seems to be so many things happening in our lives. Well, 8 days into January, I don’t think 2023 will be the easy or quiet year. Moving into our new house at the end of February, work is extremely busy with burgeoning projects in Europe and South America, all on top of few very busy contracts here in Canada. In my “spare” time, I have taken on the role of Chair for the ASIS Crisis Management & Business Continuity Community Steering Committee. I am blessed to have a wonderful cadre of industry professionals to support the Steering Committee and it’s initiatives such as an exciting schedule of educational content for 2023.
I was recently contacted by EP Wired to comment on what qualities we should expect in the best executive protection companies. EP Wired is an online magazine with a mission to bring together protectors, principals, EP program managers and future practitioners.
The best executive protection companies in 2023 are obviously supported by discrete and well-trained operators. These are obvious table stakes. However, they should also be transparent about who they use as EP operators, explain in detail their ongoing training, and be open to feedback.
The most significant indicator of an excellent EP company is its unwavering operational standards. Too often, companies are pressured by demanding clients to do more with less and will “bend,” thereby:
overtasking their operators and ultimately
risking the security of the principal.
The best companies will explain the necessity of adequate resources and maintain their baseline standards.
Always a pleasure to speak with the EP Wired team and support their mission by sharing information and experiences from past EP operations.
Enjoy, engage an EP professional to support your operations, and be safe!
I am current Vice Chair and 2023 incoming Chair for the ASIS Crisis Management and Business Continuity Community. One of the many pleasures in the role, is all the wonderful people I get to meet from around the world. Lucas de la Rosa, the ASIS Argentina Chapter President, and I were speaking about planning Executive Protection (EP) operations in high risk environments, and how it would be great to run a workshop together in Buenos Aires.
After many discussions and exceptional planning by Lucas, we were able to host a session on the 26th of September where many ASIS Argentina Chapter members were in attendance. We covered a variety of topics including intelligence preparation, trip profile, communications, methods transport, medical concerns and after action procedures. The workshop finished with 4 teams having only 30 minutes to prepare an operational brief for a realistic high risk scenario. All teams did exceptionally well with most having never worked EP before. I was very impressed!
In my capacity as the ASIS Crisis Management & Business Continuity Vice Chair, I am pleased to share my recent interview with BUILDINGS Magazine. Janelle Penny, Editor-in-Chief and I discussed best practices for crisis management teams.
I hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I did preparing it with Janelle!