The executive protection is changing, whether we like it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, driven by major social changes, the digital revolution and other major transformations that are currently shaking the world. Only those agents, groups and organizations that recognize, adapt to, and even anticipate this change will be successful.
Twenty years ago, the executive protection was characterized by numerous groups of escorts protecting a client, moving in a lead vehicle surrounded by advance and rear vehicles. Executives generally marked their lines of authority, leaving little room for communication with the agents, often intimidated by their attitude, while security managers were rarely sufficiently involved in the operation. Training was focused almost exclusively on developing skills in firearms, hand-to-hand combat and all manner of motorized acrobatics. Despite its great scenery, this protection concept showed very little effectiveness in real conditions whenever it was put to the test.
Today, in a digital world, where social networks reign supreme, and at a time when the millennial generation is gradually beginning to take positions in high positions, the imperative of executive protection is low profile, multi-tasking agents, communication, intelligence, planning, logistics and all activity focused on thwarting attacks before they happen. On the other hand, executives are becoming more accessible and enabling communication (albeit with less risk awareness), while security administrators are becoming more responsive to the needs of the operation.
In this context, training in executive protection will have to go far beyond "cartridges and karatazos", as the modern protector must acquire a great deal of knowledge about the daily operation, ranging from intelligence and early warning to acquiring sophisticated communication and persuasion skills, necessary to communicate successfully with the client and his environment. This requires many hours of study, and we know that, because of their schedules, agents lack sufficient time for training, which eventually leads to the lack of necessary training in the face of the problems and risks involved.
This is why the modern protector uses more and more digital media for training, since they allow him to take several courses and absorb many hours of specialized training at any time and from anywhere, using only his cell phone through digital learning platforms, such as:
This method of learning undoubtedly represents the future in virtually all professions, and the executive protection is no exception. Today more than ever, the protection agent requires a lot of knowledge to stay ahead of the threats, so constant and flexible learning becomes a priority. Only with solid and adequate training will we be able to cope with the changes that are taking place in our profession, making it increasingly safer for both executives and protectors.