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Difference Between a Body Guard and Executive Protection Professional

“That’s the difference between a bodyguard and a protection professional: One specializes in muscles and has a gun, and the other may be less physically imposing but is better prepared to identify threats before they materialize,” says David Katz, president and CEO of the Global Security Group, which provides training and consulting for executive protection details.

Hiring a body guard is more about bringing in the “muscle,” which is typically a big, brawny man, usually without a neck (comes with the job description perhaps?). It is important that they are physically imposing to intimidate would be attackers. The idea is that should a physical altercation arise, these guards can flex their muscles, cock their guns and take protective matters into their own hands, literally.

In contrast, executive protection professionals emphasize brains over brawn; planning and preventing over reacting and regretting. Such specialists are highly skilled and have extensive formal training to protect the lives of high profile people, such as: corporate executives, celebrities, VIPs and some political figures and religious dignitaries, among other groups.

An executive security professional’s job description involves far more than that of a body guard. They are not only concerned about the personal safety of their client. They also look at the safety of family members, where needed, and use a various tools to protect their employer’s reputation.

Executive security professionals offer custom security packages that utilize risk assessments. Such protection takes a holistic view of security based on the client’s lifestyle, living environment and family and friends.

By taking security to the next level, executive security professionals can confidently provide a safe and secure environment for their clients.

Make sure you do your research before hiring a qualified executive protection professional. Ask the right questions when researching your options. You need to know their training and experience, the size of their team, what’s included in the budget in terms of costs (such as vehicles), and about their risk assessment or security plan.

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