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The Circuit Magazine Podcast

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The Circuit is the number #1 source of information on protection matters and is the industry-leading magazine for all security professionals who want to stay ahead of the game. If you're new to the industry or an old-school veteran, the Circuit is the place for you. Through the podcast, we bring the stories and the contributors from the magazine to life. The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw, Jon Moss, Shaun West and Phelim Rowe. For more information on all things Circuit related, visit us at: https://circuit-magazine.com
Covert Operations – Hiding Your Purpose | Ivor Terret
Covert protection is not hiding your presence from the principal. It's hiding your purpose from the environment. In this episode we’re going to bring together two separate and distinct topics, covert protection operations and methodologies for learning the craft. Why? Because we’re joined by a guest who is at the forefront of both these subjects. Today we're speaking with Ivor Terret, founder and CEO of Enablement Advisers. In this edition of the podcast, we cover: The differences between covert protection surveillance detection and the importance of understanding that. How do you know if covert protection is the right solution for your principal? And how do you sell it to the stakeholders? You want to get new methodologies under your belt and become more versatile. Is covert protection a skill you should learn? Where do you start? Can covert protection be taught online? Can anything in the field of protective services be learned online? See why Ivor says,  “Correct planning is the answer and training is the application of those written tactics and response. Not the other way around.“About Ivor:  Upon leaving national service in the Israel Defense force and Israeli Police Ivor was selected to help found and architect a government Surveillance Detection and Covert Security Unit tasked with protecting Heads of State and Strategic Sites. Ivor has designed and implemented security master plans for covert counter terror units, high-risk facilities, protective details and has consulted on a myriad of projects including mass transport hubs, business parks, hotels, residences, high risk facilities and factories. Ivor brings over two decades of international counter terror experience at both the official and private sector levels including instructing hundreds of students from high-risk facility security teams, government covert VIP units, government Surveillance Detection units, hotel security senior management, aviation security personnel and senior management, specialized law enforcement and counter terror units as well as corporate EP and SD units. https://www.linkedin.com/in/iterret/ (LinkedIn) https://www.enablement.biz/ (Enablement Advisors) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
4d ago
54 mins
Fitness & Operational Readiness | Mick Coup
When it comes to assessing your level of fitness, what benchmarks are you using? As protectors, where the expectations upon us can vary to such an extent, how do we know if we’re fit for purpose? Are we measuring by past experience or worst case scenario? It's also important to know the limitations on your body and to understand that you still have to be fit enough to cross the line. It's no good thrashing yourself every day in training to then get to the start line and find out you're broken to such a degree that you can't actually perform.  Operational readiness and fitness - we're talking to Mick Coup, founder of C2 Core Combatives and a long-established fitness specialist within EP. “I know that I can't survive being hit by a car. So, I take a lot of care when I crossed the road. Knowing your limitations reveals your actual capabilities far more than wishful thinking does” Traditionally, It's that time of the year where we get a bit introspective and start setting ambitious goals for the year ahead. So, in this podcast, we're taking a long look in the mirror and asking some tough questions. In this episode, Mick shares the benefit of his many years of experience in training and coaching, including:  How can protectors benchmark their fitness, what metrics should you use? if you're not physically able to protect somebody, should you really be saying that you are in the close detection industry as a protector? Training and equipment recommendations for protectors when deployed on operations Fitness, recovery and wellbeing tips for maximising training benefits as we age. More about Mick: Mick provides consultation and bespoke training covering a broad spectrum of both kinetic and non-kinetic subject matter - ranging from last resort armed/unarmed combatives to conflict/threat management methods, and from methods of restraining and controlling of violent subjects, to close protection and special-project operational tactics. Mick has also designed and developed the highly acclaimed ‘C2: Core Combatives’ system, adopted by various operational groups internationally to enhance the personal survivability of personnel in various conflict scenarios. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mick-coup-51199347/ (LinkedIn) http://www.corecombatives.com/ (C2: Core Combatives) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
12-01-2022
43 mins
Top 5 Circuit Magazine Podcast Episodes - 2021
Welcome to a special episode of the circuit podcast where we reveal the top 5 podcast episodes of 2021.  As we move the podcast into season two, we decided to do a quick recap and go back through the archives of our first 50 episodes and put out the top 5 as decided by most listens. In this condensed awards ceremony-esque episode, not only are we bringing you the best interviews, but we’re also bringing you the best bits of each of those episodes squeezed into one mega episode!  So, maybe you’re a long-time circuit podcast listener, and perhaps you already have your own internal list of what you thought were the best interviews of season 1. Now it’s time to pull out your notepad and compare lists… there promises to be a few surprises! Finally, the whole Circuit team would like to thank all our listeners for all your support, it got us through 50 episodes of season one and we're excited to be back with some amazing guests planned for the new season. More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
06-01-2022
1 hr 7 mins
The Human Lie Detector | Alan Saquella
Checking the suitability of candidates in the security sector using technology. Criminal background checks are increasingly failing to predict success or even integrity in the workplace. So what options do we have to enhance the selection process and make sure you have the right people in positions to do the right job, as well as better predictors of integrity and success on the job. Today’s guest is Alan Saquella, professor of corporate security, security investigations and interrogation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- College of Business, Security and Intelligence. More about Alan: Alan Saquella is a Certified Protection Professional and Certified Polygraph Examiner. He is an enthusiastic influential security and investigations leader with more than 25 years of security and investigations experience in corporate and public organizations. Alan took early retirement after 16 years as the Security and Investigations Director at Cox Communications. Alan is now an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- College of Business, Security and Intelligence. He has written numerous papers and articles on business security, employee safety, and internal fraud prevention and has been interviewed by several media entities on the same and related topics.  Alan provides advisement on subjects of security and safety training and fraud prevention services to multiple organizations and entities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-saquella-cpp (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
29-12-2021
49 mins
Protective Intelligence & Threat Monitoring | Kristin Lenardson
The threat landscape is becoming so much more difficult with online threats and with people putting online whatever they want. If your principal or a politician tweets about their company, or they tweet something negative about themselves, you could immediately have thousands of threats or people that are adversarial towards you very quickly. So, in the past where we used to worry about one person physically showing up somewhere, you could  now actually have a whole movement against you, or a government, depending on what you're looking into.  This week On the Circuit Magazine Podcast, we're speaking with Kristin Lenardson of Crisis 24 and founding board member of the International Protective Security Board (IPSB) as she discusses how protective intelligence and how EP has transformed over the last two years. Join us as we chat about why you have to understand threat management and how to really push yourself forward and distinguish yourself in the field so you can get hired. Key insights and takeaways from this episode include:  What problem are we really trying to solve for by integrating threat Intel as a service for EP? Accuracy of intelligence versus speed of dissemination? Which is more important? What practices and resources are recommended for operators to remain on top of threat monitoring?  What can SOC operators do to achieve greater buy-in from their mobile assets? How to get buy-in and explain the value proposition of intelligence gathering and analysis to stakeholders who sometimes view it as an optional extra, or a ‘nice to have.’ Advice or recommendations for anyone who is interested in this line of work and where to get more information and a better understanding of what it takes to be a threat analysist? What sort of skills, traits, qualifications and education is required? Be sure to tune in to this jam-packed episode with tons of actionable ideas and tips! More about Kristin: Kristin Lenardson brings a wealth of experience tailormade to support organizational risk intelligence. Trained as an FBI Intelligence Analyst working both US domestic and combat zone law enforcement missions, she knows the importance of critical information for the decision makers. She has conceived, built, and lead multiple Security Operations Centers (SOCs) for global corporations in diverse industries. Kristin has managed multi-spectrum security teams including travel risk, close protection, family office, and event security. She has extensive experience managing third-party security vendor relationships. Giving back to the corporate security profession, Kristin is on the Board of Directors for the International Protective Security Board, an executive protection-focused nonprofit.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-lenardson-b23a4221/ (LinkedIn) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
22-12-2021
40 mins
Transitioning from Physical to Cyber Protection | Shaun Southall
People often talk about upskilling from a physical security role to becoming a cyber or converged security specialist. But what does that really mean?   On this episode of the podcast, we speak with Shaun Southall, an operator that has expertly and effectively converged the two worlds of physical and cyber together as a working security specialist. Join us this week as we talk about:  Shaun’s asymmetric career journey into cyber security. How the ‘uninitiated,’ physical security specialist can augment their skills. What steps to take and what to avoid when breaking into the field. The single biggest mindset shift that will determine your success.  As we say here, knowledge is power and, in our industry, “what you don’t know can hurt you.” So, tune in and get skilled up with our latest expert sharing his tricks of the trade and gems of experience!   More about Shaun: Shaun is a Cyber Security Oversight Specialist for the Civil Aviation Authority, with almost twenty years of experience, a plethora of certifications, and an ambitious hashtag - #cisoby60! He holds a Level 6 diploma in Security Risk Management and an itch for formal self-improvement that has led to becoming an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and gaining audit experience through voluntary work, before embarking on four ISACA certifications – CISM, CRISC, CDPSE and COBIT Foundation – in just four months. He is heavily influenced by Doug Hubbard, Alexei Sidorenko and Norman Marks and is driven to shift the mentality from ‘red amber green and five by fives’ to a holistic appreciation of risk that considers the complexity of the threat landscape. Shaun is also a regular presenter at ASIS CPE events, promoting risk quantification and ‘debiasing the human’, an active member of SIRA, FAIR and ISACA London Chapter, is a proud to be part of an organisation tasked with maintaining the safety and security of aviation in the UK. https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaunsouthall/ (Linkedin) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
15-12-2021
34 mins
Training for Workplace Violence | Terry Conlon
This week we’re going on to the front lines of workplace violence to uncover the full extent of its impact on fellow security professionals and what they’re exposed to on a daily basis.  It’s easy to become overly focused in your specific area or speciality but there is much we can learn from our colleagues across the industry who are experiencing similar challenges in different scenarios. As EP professionals, what lessons can we learn from the solutions they’re implementing? On this week’s show we catch up with Terry Conlon, Training Manager at RFC Security, based out of Ireland. With Terry’s help we’re going to unpack this topic so that we can get a broader idea of the issues faced by our industry colleagues and what we can learn from their experiences. In this episode we’ll discover: The shocking statistics that lay bare the extent of workplace violence that security professionals are dealing with. The impact that this exposure is having on our colleagues and across the wider industry. Where we’re lacking as an industry and what we can do to address those shortcomings. And finally, we’ll take a look at the security scene in Ireland, the unique challenges and how the operating environment differs from the UK and US. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the problems are rooted in training standards and as Terry so aptly puts it… “If you don't address the fundamental flaws within the basic training, you're leaving yourself exposed and you're leaving your employees exposed.” More about Terry: Terry has more than 23 years of experience in the security industry with 15 years at the management level. A pioneer of training development and technical innovations within the industry, as well as an experienced profit protection and security consultant. He has a Postgraduate degree in Security Management, Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption from the University of Portsmouth, and a Diploma in New Terrorism and Counter Measures as well a Diploma in Asset Risk Management from the Security Institute of Ireland.  Terry established the Security Consultancy and Loss Prevention Auditing Department which operates as an internal & external commercial entity. In this role he oversees all of the training consultancies and audits myself as well as Marketing this division within the company. He is also the President & Founder of The Security Safety and Risk Executive (SSRE))which is a not for profit group incorporating Security, and Risk experts from all sectors and the Business community with the sole aim of improving standards within the industry for clients and providers alike through complete transparency. https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-conlon-89a60264/ (LinkedIn) https://www.rfc-security.ie/ (RFC Security)  More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
30-11-2021
32 mins
[Short Circuit] Relationship Building and Making a Contribution | Byron Rodgers
Why should protectors care about building relationships within the EP community with people who could be considered competitors? And what’s wrong with plain old networking? This week, Elijah is back with another Short Circuit and is joined by good friend and industry personality, Byron Rodgers. In this episode the two discuss a wide range of industry topics, with a focus on how relationships are the key to longevity in executive protection and as Byron puts it… “You're going to make mistakes but what’s going to keep you alive? Relationship equity.”  So, regardless of what stage of your career you’re at, listen in to this week’s show to hear what you could be missing out on by not building more meaningful relationships. Topics discussed include: What is the difference between networking and relationship building? Why does it matter? How protectors can gain abundance within the industry by adopting a less defensive attitude. What Protectors can do, and what initiatives exist, to improve your industry network. Tune in for this entertaining and mindset changing discussion. More about Byron: Byron Rodgers is a notable private security professional who has grown up in the executive protection industry. He’s the CEO of Bravo Research Group a boutique private security company out of Southern California. The founder of the first international executive protection online career success ecosystem “The League of Executive Protection Specialists.” The host of the Executive Protection Lifestyle podcast which has emerged to be the largest body of free digital content in the executive protection industry. The president of Protector Nation where he works with some of the worlds most elite protectors to educate people of all walks of life on all things protection at the highest levels. He holds a masters of psychology and lives to empower others too unlock their potential and reach professional or life goals through mentorship and real world educational products. https://event.epspecialist.com/elijah (Executive Protection Forum) https://byronrodgersmotivation.com/executive-protection-lifestyle-podcast/ (Executive Protection Lifestyle) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
24-11-2021
32 mins
Celebrity Protection Deep Dive | Anton Kalaydjian
Celebrity protection may be the most iconic form of physical protection but is it also the most challenging? Today, we’re taking a deep dive into this often-misrepresented area of security. We’re going behind the scenes with two of the most prominent celebrity protection experts to debunk myths and paint a picture of what it’s like to operate at the highest level in this field. On the show this week, Phelim is joined by Elijah Shaw and guest, Anton Kalaydjian, CEO and founder of Guardian Security. By the end of this episode, you’ll be left in no doubt as to what it takes to be a celebrity protector and what’s required to carve out a successful career in this specialized sector. Join us as we go behind the scenes of celebrity protection and we discuss: Is celebrity protection the most challenging form of protection and why does it get such a rap? Comparing celebrity protection to the corporate environment, what are the biggest differences that transitioning agents need to know? Is there a problem with agent vetting in the sector and what are reputable agencies doing to combat this? Social media has created the ‘Insta-guard’ phenomena. Why is this so prevalent in Celebrity Protection and is it harmful to the industry? In a single line, Anton paints a picture of working this field that many listeners will relate to… “Not knowing what tomorrow brings is what I've been doing my whole career.” More about Anton: Anton Kalaydjian has over 25 years of security experience providing top-rated security for the world elite, executives, celebrities, and talent across more than 60 countries. Anton built a 5-division operation from the ground up and drove the firm to the largest celebrity protection agency in the Eastern U.S. Guardian Professional Security’s divisions include Executive Protection, Celebrity Protection, Residential Security, Commercial Security and Concert/Event Security. Anton is recognized as one of the top Personal Protection Specialists in the world, he stays active in speaking engagements, close protection conferences and security seminars nationwide. Anton founded Guardian Professional Security in 2005. Since inception the company has reported consistent increased growth, with each consecutive year surpassing its prior. It is now a multimillion-dollar security agency with over 350 employees with offices in FL, GA, IL, and CA. Guardian is an accredited business and has earned a continuous A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau every year consecutively since 2010. https://www.linkedin.com/in/anton-kalaydjian-b6658713/ (LinkedIn) https://www.guardiansworld.com/ (Guardian Professional Security) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
17-11-2021
47 mins
Protected Mobility - What Does it Take to be a Professional Security Driver? | Neil Davies OBE
Being a modern professional security driver in the world of executive protection takes a lot more than just knowing how to get your client from point A to B. On today’s podcast we’re going to take a deep dive into this often under-appreciated role to find out what it means to be classified as a legitimate security driver. If you’re a protector, you know the sense of relief you feel when you turn up to an assignment and realise, you’re working alongside a skilled and professional security driver. But what does it take to get to that standard?  On today’s show, our guest is Neil Davis OBE, Co-Founder of Secure Ground Transportation, and a long-time veteran of the industry. We’re going to discuss the role of the security driver on EP operations and we’ll also cover… How has protected Mobility evolved, coming out of the pandemic, and what changes have you seen in client vehicle selection? Where will the next generation of security drivers be sourced from and what makes a quality driver as part of an executive protection team? What are the limitations of self-driving vehicles and do they have a place in executive protection? With all the advancements in tech, what is being done to address the threat of espionage and safeguard privacy for principals when on the move? Neil’s passion for this subject is evident, and as he reminds us:  “The term security driver and security driving. They’re not marketing buzzwords. That is a statement of training.” More about Neil: Neil has been a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists for over 20 years and holds a 1st which is the highest driving qualification they award. He also holds an iQ (Industry Qualification) Level 4 in Security Driving, Vehicle Management.  This is the highest civilian security driving qualification in the United Kingdom. The course was designed and is run by a former Metropolitan Police Special Escort Group training Sergeant.  Neil is First Aid trained and as one would expect carries a full First Aid Kit and AED in his vehicle at all times.  Neil has a passion for helping others and giving back to the community.  He recently completed a charity bike ride from Cardiff to Swansea raising money for a cancer hospital in Cardiff. He was a school governor which is a voluntary position and ended up as the National Chairman.  He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Education.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-davies-obe-a42313125/ (LinkedIn) https://securegroundtransportation.com/ (Secure Ground Transportation) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
10-11-2021
42 mins
Robots & Executive Protection: Science Fiction or the Future of Operations? | Mark Folmer
Is EP ready for robots? It might sound like science fiction but in truth, it’s already here. Today we’re joined by Mark Folmer of Robotic Assisted Devices and he’s going to help us unpack this topic so we can get, not just a better understanding of where the industry’s at, but more importantly, where it has the potential to go. In this episode we'll explore: Where could robots be useful on an EP operation and where are they already in use? What problem are robotic assisted devices trying to solve in the industry? How do we take this concept out of science fiction and make it applicable to the executive protection industry? How does the day rate for an EP agent compare to the rental of a robot, right now?  Listen to today's episode as we attempt to answer those questions and shine light on this fascinating topic as a whole. More about Mark: Mark Folmer is the President & Chief Operating Officer at Robotic Assistance Devices, a high-tech company that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-powered solutions that enable organizations to solve complex security and service challenges.  Mark is a 25 year security industry veteran. Over the years, he has held senior roles in security services across Canada, has launched a security services consulting firm, has served on the corporate security team of Canada’s largest telecommunications company and has created the security function for a Montreal based software company.  Named to IFSEC's Global influencers list in 2018 and 2019, Mark is a Business School Graduate, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Fellow of The Security Institute (FSyI).  He volunteers with ASIS International, as one of the community vice presidents .  Mark also teaches courses in the Security and Police Studies at the Université de Montréal. https://www.linkedin.com/in/markfolmer/ (LinkedIn) https://roboticassistancedevices.com/ (Robotic Assisted Devices) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
03-11-2021
40 mins
Essential OSINT for Executive Protection | Pete Jenkins
What is Open-Source Intelligence and how does it apply to modern-day Executive Protection? Is this something that everyone should know something about or is it only for a few select specialists?  Today we're talking with Pete Jenkins of ISS training, one of the leading training providers on the subject. We're going to be looking at the applicability of OSINT in everyday EP operations, its use as an investigative tool and how we can use that knowledge to protect ourselves and our clients from unseen threats. This is a huge area and we'll be covering a lot in this episode, including: What sort of background, prerequisites, or prior learning do candidates need before they embark on an OSINT course? Why does today’s EP professional need this skillset? Does everyone need it, or should it be assigned to a designated, skilled expert? How can EP operators use OSINT fundamentals to mask the movements of their principal? If you're looking to remain under the radar, what can people do to stop others from finding them?  More about Pete: Peter is a former Royal Marine Commando and Director of security consultancy ‘ISS Training Ltd’. Peter is proud to have taught surveillance & intelligence related subjects in over 18 countries worldwide to various enforcement agencies, specialist military & intelligence units and close protection teams. He was instrumental and at the forefront in the design of the current RQF Qualifications in Surveillance Operations. He is the author of specialist training books; ‘Surveillance Theory’, ‘Surveillance Tradecraft’ & ‘Covert Imagery’. He continues to carry out live operational surveillance work and works semi-professionally as a commercial photographer and NUJ photo-journalist. https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-jenkins-6a428a30/ (LinkedIn) ISS Training Ltd OSINT Resources Mentioned on the show: https://www.192.com/ (192.com) https://onemilliontweetmap.com/ (Tweet map) https://map.snapchat.com/ (Snap map) https://www.engadget.com/2018-09-11-facebook-rosetta-ai-translation.html? (Rosetta) https://www.bellingcat.com/ (Bellingcat) https://earth.google.com/web/ (Google earth) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-Source-Intelligence-Techniques-Information/dp/B08RRDTFF9 (OSINT Techniques - Michael Bazzell) https://osintcurio.us/ (OSINT curious project) More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe   Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
27-10-2021
45 mins
The Tactical Medic - Where Do They Fit into the Close Protection Team | Kris Zerkowitz
Is there a middle ground between embedding a Paramedic on the team and upskilling team members with basic lifesaving skills? Should everyone have tactical medicine in their back pocket or is this something so specialized that you don't want to distract from other team members main roles? In this episode we’re going to explore the role of the embedded tactical medic and where they fit into the overall care provision picture. Today, we are joined by Kris Zerkowitz, Director and trainer at Amarante Academie and big proponent of the tactical medic. With Kris’ knowledge and insights on the subject we’re going to be asking: Why do we need tactical medics, why not just directly embed a highly trained paramedic on the team?  Should all team members have tactical medical skills? Or would this dilute their primary purpose and CP roles? How important is physical fitness in distinguishing tactical medics from paramedics? What does the right skill set look like and where can you attain it?  Tune in to this week’s episode for more insights on the subject of the purpose of tactical medicine. As Kris puts it… “We need to keep the paramedic or doctor as far from the action as possible but keep the patients alive long enough for them to get them there.” More about Kris: Kris specialises in Diplomatic Security and the survivability of close protection teams and clients in hostile environments. Providing training and consulting worldwide to all those travelling to- and working in hostile environments. Kris delivers skill and knowledge based training to Auriex and their clients and staff. https://www.linkedin.com/in/krisztian-zerkowitz-cpoi-sas-ap-tp-c-583762b1/ (LinkedIn) Amarante Academie More about the Circuit: The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe   Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
20-10-2021
40 mins
Protecting clients of Wealth, visibility & Status | Simon Morgan
“It’s going to be more stressful. The expectations are going to be higher and everything you do is going to be scrutinized.” Today we’re talking about the different challenges and dynamics that you'll face when protecting VVIP’s. Do you have the right skill set to protect a VVIP? do you even know what a VVIP is and what makes their profile different to other client types? In this episode, our guest is Simon Morgan, former royalty protection and founder of Trojan consultancy. Simon has established himself as the go-to authority on all issues concerning royalty protection and has made regular TV appearances to provide his perspective to various news channels on the topic. In this insightful interview we discuss: High profile security fails – Working with VVIP’s means you’re always in the public eye, you’re constantly scrutinized and you’ll be critiqued by your peers. The Royal Household – Who are the main stakeholders and where should you focus your relationship-building efforts? Empathy – Why it can be a double-edged sword for a protector and how to guard against red carpet fever. Avoiding catastrophe syndrome - the attributes that are required to succeed when protecting clients of wealth, visibility & status. More about Simon: Simon is the Founder of Trojan Consultancy. Having served as a Metropolitan Police Officer for nearly 20 years, serving in SO14(2) Royalty Personal Protection, SO19 Force Firearms Command and The Territorial Support Group. His experience and knowledge gained in the Police Service is now being used in the private sector, to support Clients. Since 2013, he has been involved in the many different facets of the private security industry from Consultancy, to training, all the way through to delivery and policymaking. He is a member of The Association of Security Consultants, The Security Institute, ASIS International and The Institute of Directors. He is fully licensed and insured to undertake strategic, operational and training roles. https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-morgan-365a0b7a/ (Simon Morgan) https://www.trojanconsultancy.co.uk/ (Trojan Consultancy) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe   Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
13-10-2021
45 mins
Industry Standards and Regulation - Richard Aitch
Does the EP industry need more regulation or less regulation? Today we are directing our focus on the current state of regulation in the CP/EP industry. We're going to be looking at licensing, how it’s been implemented in the UK by the SIA, whether it's working and where further improvements are required. This is a big subject, a hot topic and a fantastic deep dive interview with one of the most passionate voices on the subject. Today, we welcome Richard Aitch, industry author and CEO of Mobius International to help us unpack this fiercely debated topic. Quite simply, the regulation that's in place, doesn't raise standards to the level at which most professionals in the industry would like them to be. As an industry, where do we go from here? In this week’s podcast, we’ll be discussing… Regulation and Licensing: What is wrong with the current Landscape. What problems need solving? Regulation in the UK: What’s been positive? What has the SIA got right? Are they doing anything right? Licensing in the US: Is the UK system a baseline model for the US and the rest of the world? What can the US learn from mistakes across the pond? Operational parameters: Should a governing body set minimum requirements in place such as age, experience or standard of training. Business Licensing: Would the mooted regulation of security businesses be a realistic route to raising standards? Is it even feasible? More about Richard: Richard is the Director of Operations of Mobius International Ltd, which has extensive experience in high-risk operational appointments worldwide. Richard has experience managing and leading Close Protection, Protective Surveillance, Surveillance and Counter Surveillance operations continuously throughout 25 years in over 60 countries across 6 continents at the highest levels of corporate protective security provision. Richard is also the author of the industry's international best seller; ‘Close Protection - A Closer Observation of the Protection Equation’ – ‘Protection Operations Tactical Doctrine for the Commercial Environment’. https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardaitch/ (LinkedIn) https://mobius.international/ (Mobius International) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe   Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
06-10-2021
1 hr 4 mins
LATAM Operations - Lessons From a Career Operating in the Region  |  Joe Gehr
Operating in any foreign or unknown environment will present challenges and Latin America is no exception. The continent of South America is vast, rich, and diverse with cultural, economic and political threats differing from region to region but what generalisations can we make, if any, to enhance our protective operations? This week our guest is Joe Gehr, founder of Technon LLC, a company with a large focus on tailored security solutions for clients operating in Latin America. In addition to being a native of the LatAm region, Joe shares his vast knowledge of extensive regional operations.  In this episode we discuss: Threat Landscape - An up-to-date overview of the current operating environment Cultural sensitivities - what to look out for and how to reduce the friction. Common threats - What unique challenges do protectors need to know. The Miami/LatAm corridor - Why Miami should be your first port of call on any LatAm trip.  If you take nothing else away from this interview, remember Joe's Golden Rule: "Have a plan, do your homework and then have a backup plan. Then have a backup plan to the backup plan."More about Joe Joe is the founder of Technon LLC, and is a recognized professional in the fields of security and preparedness. Joe has over 20 year’s experience in these fields including 10 years of security work in Israel – where he is a veteran of the Israeli security establishment and an officer with the Israel Defense Forces. He is an experienced international consultant providing security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism advisory services to governments, organizations and corporations. Joe has been a guest commentator on protection, security and terrorism topics for news organizations such as CNN, FOX, CBS, NBC, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, RTL, CARACOL, and other networks. Joe is currently involved in a start-up that uses mobile technology to make communities safer. https://www.linkedin.com/in/joegehr/# (LinkedIn:) https://www.technonsecurity.com/ (Technon:) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe   Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
30-09-2021
43 mins
War Gaming - Does it Have a Place in Executive Protection? | Nick Drage
There aren’t many second chances in the security industry. If you fail on the job, there's a good chance that you won't work again. At best, this creates the conditions where everyone is on their A-game all the time but the flip is a high-pressure environment where mistakes and the likelihood of failure are more prone. Given the high stakes, shouldn’t we be more invested in preparing for the career-threatening situations that we may encounter? This week we're talking to Nick Drage, a professional wargamer, about whether this is a viable way to increase professionalism and better predict successful outcomes to unknown scenarios. In this episode, we’ll be discussing… What problem is war gaming trying to solve? How can we create the ‘safe to fail conditions’ that make for the best learning outcomes? How to implement war gaming on your team and overcome objections such as ‘it seeming to be too rigid and military’. How to group participants for more effective results. More about Nick: My industries are Cyber Security Strategy, and wargaming in its many forms. Outside of directly relevant work, my interests are many, but most relevant to listeners is my interest in strategic insights that work across disciplines or contexts Work: I work with organisations on Cyber Security Strategy and immersive exercises, with occasional forays into Adversarial Analysis or Adversary Emulation positions. That's very much freelance/on-demand work Quick Bio: BA(Hons) in Combined Studies, followed by a career in internet technologies and cyber security. I tend to gain work through personal referrals, so customers provide better descriptions than my marketing, my favourite customer description of the services I provide is "external security brain". https://www.pathdependence.co.uk/ (Path Dependence ) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
22-09-2021
50 mins
The Security Generalist: Who Are They? Do You Need to be One? - Live from The Security Event | BirminghamThreat Intelligence - Advanced Skill or Industry Standard? | Chris Story
Is threat intelligence the only language that physical protection and cyber security can use to effectively communicate the how, the why and the where? Do the cyber and physical realms even have any reason to communicate other than to exchange threat Intel? This week, we're going to be talking with Risk intelligence expert and trainer, Chris Story, familiar to many as the co-host of the Conversations in Close Protection Podcast. Chris has a military intelligence background and currently serves on the board of the IPSB.  In this revealing interview, we ask Chris… Where does his passion for threat intelligence come from? Because threat intelligence isn’t considered a ‘sexy’ training subject, it often gets overlooked. How do we change the perception and get industry-wide buy-in on this subject? Where should threat intelligence live and where should it be housed to be effective and relevant?   Should everyone sign-up for basic threat Intel training as if they were in the military? Tune in to episode 35 for this and much more on how threat intelligence can increase your capability as a protector. As Chris reminds us… “If you look at the risk and threat intelligence to understand what can hurt you beyond the 15 yards that you're responsible for then it makes your job abundantly easier.” More about Chris Chris Story is a security professional with over 25 years of experience managing, conducting, and consulting in protective and intelligence operations worldwide. Spending over a decade in the US Army, Chris served as a Counterintelligence Agent and Special Operations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-story-securityleadership/ (LinkedIn) https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/conversations-in-close-protection/id1464565197 (Conversations in Close Protection) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
08-09-2021
34 mins
Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Protection | Dale June
Becoming an educator is often the dream of many EP colleagues no matter where they might be in their careers. We all have something that we could share with the world, and we want to give back to the community, but what sort of skills are involved? What sort of experience translates well into being an educator?  This week we welcome Dale L. June onto the podcast. Dale is a former military law enforcement and member of the United States Secret Service, where he served under four U.S. Presidents. He has a Master’s degree in criminal justice and currently teaches at the college and university levels. He has also written over 15 books, including the just-released new revised, 4th edition to ‘Introduction to Executive Protection.’  Tune in to find out a few of the nuggets of wisdom Dale shares including: How to be more original in your thinking. How to overcome your demons and past mistakes. How to make a successful transition after a long career in the security industry. How to stop having regrets or fearing what's around the corner. Plus we unveil a little known fact about Dale’s early career which may just be a Circuit Podcast exclusive!   As Dale aptly puts it:  “I believe that the greatest tool…or the greatest weapon, however you want to use it is the brain. So why not use it and why not use all of your tools of thinking?”  Hear all this and more as Dale talks about the latest release of his new book, ‘Introduction to Executive Protection’ with new, content and contributions from our very own Elijah Shaw.   More about Dale:  Dale L. June is a former military law enforcement and member of United States Secret Service, where he served under four U.S. Presidents. Dale has also worked directly with executives of multi-national corporations including VIPs, political figures, royalty, and celebrities. Dale holds an M.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from George Washington University and a B.A. Degree Public Administration, Sacramento State University. He currently teaches at the college and university level as an adjunct teacher at National University (Los Angeles) and El Camino College, Compton Center (Compton, CA) and National Polytechnic College (Lakeview, CA). He has also written over 15 books, including the just-released new and revised, 4th edition of ‘Introduction to Executive Protection.’ Dale is also a former Member of the National Black Belt Association in Tae Kwon Do and has been inducted into U.S. Martial Artist’s Hall of Fame - Martial Artist of the Year (2005). https://www.dalejune101.com/ (Dale June 101) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736305107/ref=cm_sw_r_as_gl_api_glt_fabc_GEVC7ZG5HXJKXBVAYGTS?linkCode=ml1&tag=elijahshaw-20 (Introduction to Executive Protection) More about the Circuit  The Circuit Magazine is written and produced by volunteers, most of who are operationally active, working full time in the security industry. The magazine is a product of their combined passion and desire to give something back to the industry. By subscribing to the magazine you are helping to keep it going into the future. https://circuit-magazine.com/read/ (Find out more >) If you liked this podcast, we have an accompanying weekly newsletter called 'On the Circuit' where we take a deeper dive into the wider industry. http://bit.ly/OntheCircuit (Opt in here >) The Circuit team is: Elijah Shaw Jon Moss Shaun West Phelim Rowe Connect with Us:  https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine) https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect) https://www.theprotectorapp.com/ (NABA Protector) https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)
01-09-2021
36 mins

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