Security and SportsSport Security
”It is our shared responsibility to dare taking some calculated risks and explore what lies beyond conventional Major Event Security to ensure future events are peaceful and safe but also sustainable. We can only achieve this as a community.“(Aldric Ludescher, Head of Security, IOC, 2018)
Today the sport sector is characterized by 4 key elements: international exposure, publicity, commercialization and complexity. Increasing risks and hazards for athletes, events, clubs, associations and their functionaries must be dealt with professionally. Sport needs protection and security = more than ever before.
Besides a deep understanding for relevant stakeholders we also gained their trust when it comes to the development and implementation of modern, individual security concepts.
Areas of Support
Security Assessments, Pre-checking of Relevant Locations (Venues, Training Grounds and Facilities, Accommodation Facilities, Site Visits, etc.)
In order to ensure optimal preparation, places of residence and event locations need to be assessed in advance from a security perspective. Obtaining an accurate picture of existing security arrangements and where possible nullifying any deficits is fundamental to an adequate and professional reaction in the case of an emergency.
Security Escorts for Athletes, Functionaries and Guests
Depending on relevant risk indicators, either direct or extended personal protection could be the appropriate choice if danger is to be averted. Protection measures range from deterring potential offenders, the concrete prevention of assaults to medical emergency assistance.
Risk Monitoring in the Context of Tournaments, Events and Travel
Major events, domestic clubs, national teams and individual exposed athletes can present as attractive targets for criminally motivated individuals or groups. Possible threat elements and corresponding risks are matters requiring continuous monitoring, which will allow the correct conclusions to be drawn from a security point of view. This is also supported by the regular utilization of software based analysis and control instruments.
Behavior Profiling in the Framework of Major Event Security Concepts
Our preventative approaches for the targeted identification of violent persons in the context of large-scale events combine elements of situational awareness, facial expressions according to Ekamn and methods for the assessment of critical movement patterns in the tactical approach of terrorist or mentally ill perpetrators (amongst others, those from the Islamic State).
Emergency Planning for Various Stakeholders
Organizers of large-scale sporting events are obliged to have documented plans in order to react effectively to all possible emergency situations. Within the framework of strategic security planning for organizers of major events we draw up the relevant documents in the normal course of business. But on behalf of participants, accompanying persons and visitors we also address relevant what-if questions and derive individual emergency plans which allow us to maintain an overview and enable an appropriate approach in extreme situations.
Security Coordination on the Occasion of Championships and Tournaments
At large-scale international sporting events, governing bodies and responsible public authorities of the host nation are generally responsible for the central security organization. Even though organizers set standards and guidelines, as well as monitor compliance from the participant’s point of view, it is recommended to compare one’s own security interests and expectations with the personnel, organizational, technical and infrastructure precautions taken. If necessary, deficits need to be addressed delicately and discreetly and coordination, cooperation and complementary measures need to be to be introduced accordingly.
Anti Fraud Investigations
In the course of the economization of corruption in sport, doping and other forms of competition manipulation have morphed into major threat factors. The exposure, forensic investigation and sustainable combat of this kind of crime requires a holistic approach. In addition to sporting insider knowledge, criminal justice expertise and specialized methods of investigation, sensitivity and sure-footedness are required when it comes to dealing with responsible law enforcement authorities and specific non-government organizations (e.g. anti-doping agencies).
Cyber Defense & Information Security
Large-scale sporting events are becoming more and more digitalized and as a result cyber-risk exposure is increasing rapidly. Regardless of the principles of conduct, which have been determined: events, teams, individual athletes and functionaries are increasingly confronted with such threats. Hackers use incriminated information, amongst other things, with regard to stadium and scoring systems, confidential commercial strategies, sponsoring and partner deals and personal credit card data from online sales for illegal activities. Making a profit is not always the focus, sometimes the perpetrators are simply interested in causing maximum financial or reputational damage. We consult organizations and operators on event-related matters in the context of cyber security and offer solutions, which decrease relevant risks for all stakeholders involved.
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