Global Intelligence Analysts: Preparing Corporate Employees for International Travel

How corporate security programs are relying upon Global Intelligence Analysts to prepare their employees, logistically and culturally, for international travel and provide a 24-hour security resource for employees before, during, and after their travel.


Chief Security Officers for large enterprises and corporations have recently become wise about preparing their employees for global travel. Before those employees land in Caracas, Sao Paulo, Moscow, or Cairo, many corporate security programs now ensure their traveling employees are prepared for the worst – whether natural disasters, street crime, terrorism, or civil unrest.

As a recent Wall Street Journal article illuminates, more and more corporate security programs are including Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs) and Global Intelligence Analysts, who operate within the GSOC, to better prepare their employees logistically and culturally for their destination countries.

Unlike executive protection teams who travel with a company’s Founder, CEO, or C‑Level executive, intelligence analysts typically do not travel with employees. Instead, they advise and pass critical safety practices and intelligence analysis to those employees before they travel, and remain a security resource while they travel and after they return.

When preparing an employee for travel, here are some of the topics we cover:

By preparing our clients’ employees for global travel, we provide them a realistic expectation of their destination, all while reducing their anxieties and adding to their confidence that they can be active participants in their own safety.

Stay tuned. In future blog posts we will discuss how Global Intelligence Operations teams also assist employees during and after travel, illuminating the full cycle of support our Intelligence Analysts provide. This includes 24/7 monitoring, real time alerts, debriefs that include suspicious activity reports, and counter intelligence briefs.

Robert Ballance is a Regional Director for Global Intelligence Operations at GDBA. He was recruited by our firm after working in the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, where he played key roles in open source intelligence gathering on organized crime and terrorist groups.

Charlie Gilbert is an Executive Vice President for Strategic Intelligence at Gavin de Becker & Associates. He was recruited by GDBA from the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served in the Top-10 leadership position of Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service. During his 26 years at CIA, Charlie lived and operated in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Europe, India, and East Asia.