Even at a superficial glance, the risk landscape for the company must be assessed as complex and dynamic on an ad-hoc basis. The company’s brand and executives had suddenly gained significant media visibility. There were also occasional politically motivated threats. Corporate security was organized at a low level, with limited structures and knowledge in the area of executive security. A detailed risk analysis, as well as the derivation and implementation of a personal protection concept, had to be carried out under time pressure. This involved considering parallel responsibilities of the police and private security providers, resulting in high interface requirements.
Methodology and Results:
Initially, personalized threat analyses were conducted, including an examination of “digital footprints,” interviews with individual board members regarding their daily routines and habits, as well as an inventory and evaluation of structural and technical security measures in their residences and workplaces. A comparison of threat profiles and already implemented protective measures provided insights into relevant risks and corresponding optimization needs.
From a best-practice perspective, a target concept was derived, presented to the company’s security authorities, and subsequently approved by the affected executives.
The implementation planning included Proteus.one’s support in security technology consulting and project planning, including the integration of hazard detectors and alarm systems in residential properties into the overarching personal protection management.
All positions in the security team were filled externally by Proteus.one. Some employees had to be recruited, with suitability diagnostic and psychologically validated methods used in the recruitment process. Essential selection criteria also included candidates’ specific professional experience and emergency medical qualifications.
Initially, a core team was launched, and the target headcount was reached after 6 weeks.
The protection program included not only armed protection but also an intelligence component in the residential and work environments of individual executives, with 24/7 intervention readiness. A smartphone emergency app allowed location-independent alerting of the security team at any time of day or night. Sensitization discussions and training sessions provided impulses for security-conscious behaviour. A personal protection-specific basic crisis plan was created for handling exceptional situations and integrated into the company’s crisis management organization.
Following the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) concept, protective measures were integrated into a threat risk management system and regularly reviewed for effectiveness. In the areas of Risk Monitoring and Protective Intelligence, Proteus.one collaborated with in-house teams of the contracting company.