Executive's Guide to Personal Security

Executive's Guide to Personal Security

by David S. Katz, Ilan Caspi


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In this day and age, terrorist threats and ordinary criminal activity have become a growing concern for those at home as well as individuals traveling abroad. This year alone, hundreds of executives, tourists, and exchange students will be robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, and murdered. Most of these incidents could be prevented by adherence to the basic rules of personal safety. But many people are unaware of these rules or choose to ignore them. This must change.

The only way to lessen your chances of becoming a victim is to learn how to make yourself less vulnerable. Written by two seasoned security experts, Executive’s Guide to Personal Security will allow you to make the right decisions in regard to your personal safety, the safety of your employees, and corporate assets. But these lessons are not confined to those in the business world. Anyone who would like to feel more secure–from individuals traveling to foreign countries to those studying abroad–can also benefit from these lessons.

Executive’s Guide to Personal Security will teach you how to recognize and prepare for the real threats faced by executives and ordinary individuals in today’s world. It will provide you with the type of knowledge necessary to empower you to face these threats and overcome them. By introducing you to information formerly reserved for security professionals and government employees, it will teach you about situational awareness, risk analysis, and countersurveillance. You will also learn how to travel safely by selecting the right airline, the right hotels, and the appropriate rental cars for your security needs.

If you plan to reside abroad, this comprehensive guide will show how to select a safe neighborhood and how to secure your home against intruders. If you are an executive responsible for the safety of your employees and corporate assets, you will learn how to secure your facility and information, how to formulate emergency protocols, and how to handle a crisis. In short, Executive’s Guide to Personal Security will arm you with the necessary knowledge to take actions that will enhance the physical safety and security of your property, your family, and yourself.

As a company or an individual, you cannot control the desire and the ability of criminals and terrorists. However, you have full control over effectively lowering your risk of being attacked by increasing security measures–physical, technical, and procedural. The less vulnerable we are, the less attractive we are to any criminal or terrorist planning an attack. Let Executive’s Guide to Personal Security show you how to ensure safety both at home and abroad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471449874
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/07/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.43(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

David S. Katz is a former senior special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is an expert in conducting complex international criminal investigations, high-risk arrests, undercover operations, physical and technical surveillance, and intelligence analysis. He also spent four years as a primary firearms instructor at the FBI/DEA Academy, where he taught firearms and tactics. In addition, he is an expert in physical site security and the tactical use and deployment of bullet and explosive-resistant armor and glass.
Ilan Caspi is a former senior Israeli Secret Service officer who has served in the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his assignment in Washington, he conducted a review of existing embassy security protocols and implemented improvements. He is a practiced expert in conducting threat assessments and analyzing security intelligence data. He has managed security operations at key facilities and public events and is a dignitary protection specialist.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Target: Corporate America.

Chapter 2. Awareness.

Chapter 3. General Recommendations.

Chapter 4. Know Where You Are Going: Pre-Travel Research.

Chapter 5. Preparing to Travel.

Chapter 6. Residing Abroad.

Chapter 7. Vehicle Safety Measures.

Chapter 8. Principles of Route Selection.

Chapter 9. Protective Equipment.

Chapter 10. Countersurveillance.

Chapter 11. Receipt of Mail and Packages.

Chapter 12. Physical Site Security.

Chapter 13. Technological Security.

Chapter 14. Emergency Response Planning.

Chapter 15. Bomb Threats and Bombings.

Chapter 16. Hotel Safety and Security.

Chapter 17. Hijacked.

Chapter 18. Hostage Survival.

Chapter 19. Commercial Espionage.

Chapter 20. Violence in the Workplace.

Chapter 21. Criminal Activity.

Chapter 22. Studying Abroad.


Appendix . Security and Awareness Checklists and Forms.

Appendix B. List of Vendors.

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