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The Pope, Security Personnel and You

// posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jul 17

The Pope is heading to Brazil next week, and so is a massive security force—Technically, a small army. The head of the Catholic church is visiting Rio de Janeiro July 22-28 for World Youth Day, a major Roman Catholic event that is expected to draw more than 1.5 million pilgrims to the city.

According to the defense ministry, which is coordinating the security, 7,000 police will beef up the city's 12,000 police, in addition to 1,700 members of the elite National Force and units of the civilian, highway and federal police forces." It is also boosting from an initial 8,500 to 10,266 the number of army, air force and navy personnel to be deployed for the high-profile event, which will handle security in 10 areas, including control of the airspace, border surveillance, chemical and biological weapons, explosives trade, maritime defense and cyber-security.

That's quite a force to be reckoned with, but you can be sure criminals and terrorists are looking for gaps in that protection. Even with the best security programs, there is always a chance that criminal activity will occur. Most crimes occur because the criminal found the right opportunity to act. The criminal’s inclination and the victim came together at a time and place where the criminal felt they could successfully commit the crime with minimal risk of interference or apprehension. That is, the criminal found circumstances and conditions to be within their comfort zone. The key is to make criminals feel as though the cost of committing a crime is too high and not worth attempting.

So then, what is a business executive or person not quite on the level of the Pope but still concerned with safety whether at home or when traveling? Typically, the answer involves hiring personnel who can watch their back. Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the need for armed security personnel accompanying executives on overseas travel. Armed guards offer the client peace of mind and can also be a very effective deterrent. For a more specific example and all too common occurrence, an executive traveling in a somewhat hostile country in South America can be accosted by a potential kidnapper. An armed guard is able to efficiently protect the executive and send the would-be kidnapper on their way without incident.

Security is almost never cut and dry—Meaning it typically takes a lot of planning and preparation. So while armed security guards often provide the best option for those concerned with safety while traveling, it is imperative the client discuss their situation with a qualified security firm so that a risk assessment can be performed. Even if you aren't the Pope with an armada of security surrounding you, there are options that will keep you safe and give you peace of mind.

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Secrecy & Security at the Vatican - A Cardinal Shhh

// posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mar 12

When a new pope is about to be elected, the Vatican goes in full lock-down mode as the Roman Catholic Church's College of Cardinals enter a secretive conclave (meeting) to determine who will be the next leader for the world's 1.6 billion Catholics... and there's a great deal to be learned from 2,000 years of fine-tuning security.

[Side-note: A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The conclave has been the procedure for choosing the pope for more than half of the time the church has been in existence, and is the oldest ongoing method for choosing the leader of an institution. Read more]

Odds are good that your organization has its own "conclave" event at some point in the year and, seeing as we've entered the age of cell phones and social media, you must ask yourself, "Is the event still as secure as it once was?" Almost every company has that one big, secret event (think Apple's product launches or a big stakeholder's meeting). And just like Vatican City's papal announcement, your "conclave" may follow up with some kind of exciting unveiling. (Just go with me on this one.)

So what can we learn from the most extreme of secured, public events? Over one hundred Roman Catholic cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City each day of the Conclave until they elect a new Pope. The cardinals are not permitted to have contact with the outside world and therefore may not have access to ANY digital devices. (No phones, iPads, Twitter, Facebook...Nada.) Signal jamming devices will even be employed to ensure that no phones or hidden microphones can transmit conversations while in discussions or when in their sleeping quarters in nearby Santa Marta. These measures are in addition to an oath of secrecy and the promise of excommunication should it be broken. Once a decision has been made, hundreds of thousands pile into St. Peters Square to bear witness to the announcement of the new pope. To recap: Absolute secrecy gives way to absolute jubilation.

So the question becomes, what is your "conclave?" And do you take the same measures to ensure its secrecy? Just like individuals, every organization has secrets or decisions that cannot be made public until an appropriate point in time. This is not wrong and certainly prevents backlash from conversations taken out of context. Think of this exercise as a panic room but one created for important decisions. This is a place where things can be discussed openly and the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information does not leave before it's time. 

In today's modern world information is not only money, it's everything. So it's important to assess the situation in which your business finds itself. To create this secured location, walk through every possible entrance, survey your surroundings at every room or corridor and think like a thief. What piece of information would be worth recording and how could it be recorded? From a guard at every entrance, to signal jamming devices, to access control systems, to a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), your own conclave could be just the thing to help you rethink what information is most important in your business.

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Read more about the history of the Vatican's Conclaves, click the link below.