What You Need In A Security Brief


What you need in a security brief

David Camargo | - 11/08/2020

For the international traveler, the world has always been an unpredictable place; crime, political instability, corruption, and terrorism have always been potential threats that travelers have had to negotiate.

2020 saw the addition of a whole new dimension of risk with the COVID-19 Pandemic, and as entry restrictions shift, the need for timely and actionable intelligence has never been greater.

Location-specific intelligence briefs remain the frontline tool available to help operators and travelers make informed, safe, and cost-effective decisions.

Providing not only an overview of the situation on the ground, intelligence briefs should also include suggested steps that can be taken to help minimize a traveler’s risk exposure.

The analysis is centered around not just the location, but the profile of the traveler, the duration of their stay, and their schedule while in the given country.

These factors can have a dramatic impact on what a traveler’s risk exposure is.

A crew staying overnight, a passenger traveling on holiday, and a frontline manager on a business trip will all face different types of risks and have different needs based on their individual profile.

The components of a quality brief

A quality brief should be just that: brief.

Decision-makers are busy, and they should not have to read through a tome to learn what they need to know.

After all, you are paying for the writer’s expertise, not necessarily the written word.

Briefs should get right to the point and tell the reader upfront what the risks are and what they can do about them.

The document should then contain supporting information for the conclusion drawn such as explaining what crime is like, what the COVID-19 situation is, etc.

Finally, some emergency contact information should be provided just in case it’s needed.

Things like the emergency response phone number or the contact information for the nearest diplomatic mission.

While the brief is meant to assist in planning the trip, it should be something that can be taken with the traveler so this information can be accessed.

The UAS Risk Mitigation team can customize our briefs to ensure that our customers are receiving the information they need to protect their passengers and crew.

For support with risk mitigation, contact UAS