Security and Risk Management Consulting
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Security, Threat and Vulnerability Assessments
Individuals and groups that intend to inflict harm against you, your people or your organization often present in unique and challenging ways. They can test security and protection programs in increasingly complex ways, oftentimes, using the element of surprise to their benefit. In an ever-evolving and modern threat landscape, Kroll’s experts can help organizations determine the overall threat environment of their business, people and executives and identify vulnerabilities that may be exploited by adversaries.
Kroll provides the background information needed to make informed decisions about risk, protection and enterprise-wide security—offering a more comprehensive solution for modern-day threats targeting executives and brands.
Kroll’s security, threat and vulnerability assessments are routinely conducted at corporate headquarters locations, executive residences, health care facilities, hospitals, schools, universities, research and development labs, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, data centers, critical infrastructure locations and facilities critical to business continuity and resiliency.
Geopolitical Risk Consulting and Travel Security
Kroll’s geopolitical risk consulting involves analyzing and assessing the political, economic, social and security risks that can impact businesses, governments, organizations or individuals operating in various regions around the world. We help our clients understand and navigate the complex geopolitical landscape, make informed decisions and mitigate potential risks that could affect their operations, interests, assets, people and reputation in an increasingly interconnected and uncertain world.
Geopolitical risks can encompass a wide range of factors, including (1) political stability (2) economic risks (3) security threats (4) legal and regulatory environments and (5) social and cultural factors.
We help our clients with international expansion, risk assessment for investments, crisis management, policy analysis, and geopolitical due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, among other services.
International travel raises a complex series of safety, security, administrative and logistical concerns. Kroll’s veteran team of international security executives and executive protection professionals have operated internationally for decades and will ensure your equities are protected while traveling abroad, beginning with a granular itinerary review. Together with our geopolitical risk consulting experts, we help achieve your intended goals in a manner that meets your duty of care requirements to protect people from both harm and embarrassment.
We gather threat intelligence and conduct pre-departure briefings to ensure travelers (and risk managers) are aware of those risks they’re likely to encounter (i.e., cross-cultural nuances, infrastructure reliability, geopolitical influences—including spheres of influence by potentially adversarial groups or governments, commercial/industrial espionage, security, safety, reliability of medical care, etc.)
Global Security Program Assessment
Kroll helps organizations analyze their existing global security program and adopt best practices, industry standards, executive expectations and/or established program goals and roadmaps. Our experts deep dive into enterprise security risk management, global operations, planning, resourcing, headcount, organizational alignment and strategic planning to help identify where you are now, where you ultimately want to be and how to best utilize existing and future resources to achieve programmatic objectives.
We work with clients of all sizes, compositions and geographic footprints to ensure that all elements of a security program are charting similar courses, achieving established program objectives and acting to further the overall goals of the organization.
Kroll’s team of experts helps our clients develop or revise security master plans that are aligned with their organization’s overall business plan, objectives, risk tolerance and culture. Regardless of your size, geographical footprint, or whether in a hyper-growth or contraction phase, Kroll can help plan for your next iteration of security planning, bringing all business units together for a unified security philosophy, strategy, set of goals, programs and processes—thus ensuring all elements of your enterprise are working together to achieve one common goal.
Executive Threat Assessments (IRS 132 Security Studies)
Kroll’s Executive Threat Assessment and/or “Independent Security Study” provides clients with real, articulated and actionable information to protect executives from harm and embarrassment. accordance with 26 U.S. Code § 132 (IRS 132),
Kroll’s executive threat assessment is a deep study of the threat environment impacting an executive, a detailed description of real and reasonably perceivable threats and an articulated position on Kroll’s proprietary five-point threat scale based on our objective assessment of all the facts and circumstances. Working directly with you, we explore all areas of potential threats against an executive, including threats of targeted violence, activist targeting, politically motivated violence, commercial and industrial espionage, travel-related threats, insider risks (i.e., workplace violence, disgruntlement), both from within and outside your organization.
This process ensures you gain a realistic understanding of the elements that may impact the safety and well-being of your executives, as well as realistic mitigation strategies and techniques. This better positions you to protect your executive from harm and embarrassment and offers potential tax benefits for both the employer and executive.*
*Oftentimes, Kroll’s reports are used in partial fulfillment of IRS 132 requirements regarding certain taxable fringe benefits associated with security or executive protection programs. Kroll strongly advises the involvement of both executive compensation and tax counsel for a comprehensive understanding of these elements
Outsourced Security Experts
Kroll maintains a core staff of enterprise security, protection, threat management and threat intelligence experts. Regardless of the demands on your program, the needs of your organization or the demands on your people, Kroll can help surge expertise, personnel and resources to assist when you’re short on bandwidth.
Kroll’s industry-leading experts are ready to join your team, your discussions and jump right into your most complex issues to help you fix your most compelling problems. Kroll personnel are often brought in to lead teams in times of executive absence(s), augment existing capabilities, supplement current capabilities, address acutely specific issues that threaten the enterprise and/or leverage the entirety of Kroll’s global resources—full-time, part-time, ad hoc or as needed. Kroll is here to help.
Expert Witness Testimony
Kroll provides expert opinions and analysis throughout the lifecycle of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. Whether providing pre-trial prep work, expert opinions/reports, interpreting evidence, or assisting in strategy decisions, we help our clients by providing unbiased clarity on topics related to safety, security, law enforcement, workplace violence and managing threats globally.
Kroll maintains the highest of ethical standards, leverages established methodologies and has gained the trust and confidence or clients, law firms and courts all over the world.
Executive Recruitment Services and Personnel Placement
Kroll has a deep and far-reaching network of industry-leading and executive-level security and threat management professionals around the world. We leverage our vast network for our clients when they have staffing needs throughout their organization. Whether an executive-level vacancy or entry-level surge capacity is needed, count on Kroll to help find the best fit for your security- and threat-related staffing needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an executive threat assessment or IRS 132 audit?
A threat to an executive is a threat to the entire organization. We conduct executive threat assessments regularly with our clients to study the environment around an executive in an organization. We work with companies to understand the underlying threat environment and develop security and executive protection programs that are tailored to the situation at hand.
Many factors contribute to a threat environment—historical work, association and brand recognition to name a few. As part of an executive threat assessment, our experts review all elements that could contribute to a threat environment, including social, dark web, public records and prior litigations. We interview cross-sections of the organizations and the executives themselves to identify where a potential threat may exist.
In an IRS 132 audit, we help executives better access security benefits by acting as an independent third party in analyzing the threat environment they are in and deciphering what it takes to mitigate the risks they face. Oftentimes, security features that are available to an executive—whether a driver, residential security or full-time protection detail—are tremendously expensive. These are also oftentimes determined as “fringe” benefits in the eyes of the IRS and are taxable.
As an independent third party, we can diagnose an executive’s threat environment and establish a set of required resources to protect the executive. One of the many benefits of doing so is that the company and the executive can benefit from the tax savings that come from the reclassification of “fringe” benefits.
What is a residential security assessment and do I need one?
Residential security assessments analyze your home, your family’s lifestyle and your existing security measures to understand how well your family is protected.
Based on this understanding, our experts will develop a security program and help you understand how the security systems work during your patterns of life and how to use them to give your family peace of mind.
Recommendations will be made to provide options to facilitate your desired outcomes. These recommendations include security technology, hardware and enhancements to strengthen the exterior of your home, like upgrading doors or windows.
Residential security assessments are crucial for those who don’t understand how their security systems work or wonder how effective they are. They are also relevant for people who have significant life or career changes that have made them or their families more prominent. People who are buying or building a home or relocating to an area with higher crime rates can also use residential security assessments to better prepare themselves for a new environment.
How can Kroll help me complete a security assessment of my various facilities?
Kroll’s specially trained personnel help organizations conduct enterprise-wide security assessments of their facilities every day. We’ve assessed a variety of environments, from corporate campuses to high- rise offices, data centers, hospitals, laboratories, and manufacturing and distribution centers.
As part of the process, our team will assess the buildings, infrastructure, and technical and operational security. We also review security policies and the risk and governance documentation to ensure these facilities are meeting the requirements set forth efficiently.
Kroll’s business continuity professionals can also help prioritize facilities by importance, review and test current disaster and continuity plans, and assist in the initial formation of these policies and procedures.
Can Kroll help me build an enterprise-wide program to identify and protect critical information, intellectual property (IP and prototypes from leakage, theft or loss?
It has been said that information is the new oil, and the fastest growing asset category is IP. Most companies fail to fully comprehend what critical information they possess and whether that information qualifies as an asset worth protecting. Companies that do understand may still not realize the extent of their IP’s exposure, how manifests in the workplace and, most important, who has access to those assets. As hybrid work becomes the norm, more employees and contractors are handling proprietary information in different environments, outside the spaces that were historically designed to keep this information secret to maintain a business’s competitive advantage.
Kroll helps build a full scope Enterprise Security Risk Management program around these crucial and sometimes intangible assets. We help identify the people, teams and activities that use, design and produce these assets to tailor procedures that encourage healthy work habits. We help identify the documentation cycles that are critical to protecting research and development, and we implement program management controls to identify assets and protect them. Our overall goal is to help the C-suite, and the organization as a whole, fully understand the risk landscape these assets exist in.
Kroll also assists with operational solutions for securing facilities, workspaces and secure transportation of IP—helping maintain an organization’s competitive advantage.
What is the difference between a security assessment and a security audit?
Generally, a security audit measures an organization’s security program, operations and posture against a pre-determined set of criteria. These criteria can be internally mandated by an organization’s policies, written procedures, guidelines or otherwise documented requirements. These criteria can also be externally ordered by regulations or standards. The goal of an audit is to evaluate an organization’s compliance with these requirements.
A security assessment also measures an organization’s security program, operations and posture. Rather than for compliance purposes, however, the goal of an assessment is to understand whether the security current apparatus is effective and appropriate for that specific organization’s environment. To make this determination, Kroll will generally conduct a threat assessment of the organization and its location(s) while also drawing from Kroll’s knowledge of industry best practices and global team of security experts. Additionally, Kroll’s assessments balance the unique operating environment of each client with their culture and risk appetite.