Security solutions

Security solutions2017-10-29T23:13:58+00:00

COSS’s integrated intelligence-led security management services and security solutions can help clients manage security risk and achieve their objectives in complex and high-risk environments. We can take responsibility for the security of an entire organisation, for an entire project or for an individual task, helping clients avoid costly security incidents that threaten their staff, reputations and profits. Whatever security challenges our client is facing, we can tailor a solution to meet them.

Individual services include:

  • Integrated security management for projects / organisations
  • Security planning
  • Site surveys / security audits
  • Project risk assessments
  • Security policy drafting
  • Security personnel sourcing and vetting
  • Maritime security solutions

COSS’s integrated intelligence-led security management services and security services can help clients manage security risk and achieve their objectives in complex and high-risk environments. We can take responsibility for the security of an entire organisation, for an entire project or for an individual task, helping clients avoid costly security incidents that threaten their staff, reputations and profits. Whatever security challenges our client is facing, we can tailor a solution to meet them.

Individual services include:

  • Integrated security management for projects / organisations
  • Security planning
  • Site surveys / security audits
  • Project risk assessments
  • Security policy drafting
  • Security personnel sourcing and vetting
  • Maritime security solutions

Success stories

COSS’s experts led one of the first foreign security companies to operate in Iraq after the in 2003 US invasion. For a significant period of time it was also one of the only foreign security companies operating legally and registered with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, while many other security companies remained unofficial and flouted local and international law.

Using their community relations-centred approach to security, they established a Western security operations centre outside the heavily secured Green Zone in Baghdad. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, the centre was used as a hub by numerous world-leading media organisations and other major multinational firms. The centre was never attacked, while the Green Zone itself was shelled regularly, causing numerous casualties.

From the operations centres, our experts took full responsibility for providing holistic security solutions to numerous teams of journalists, engineers and other overseas personnel operating around the country. They provided close-protection, training, communications and logistics services, working with local security providers, community leaders, state security agencies and government departments where necessary.

Our experts implemented a low-key approach to security that maximised safety while helping clients achieve their goals. No client’s staff ever suffered harm in any security incidents. Our media clients’ most senior figures acknowledged our experts’ security services as being responsible for enabling many of their most famous and exclusive reporting and footage in post-invasion Iraq.

In 2013, COSS’s experts were contracted to provide complete security risk management services for a construction firm building the new embassy of a major European country in Mogadishu. Construction took place when Somalia was largely lawless and experiencing regular militant activity, kidnappings and terrorist attacks. Our experts designed and implemented a bespoke pre-departure security-awareness training package for the client’s staff, then provided full security management services on the ground, including man-guarding, crisis and emergency response planning and liaison with local powerbrokers. The project was completed successfully with no incidents.

At the height of the Somali piracy crisis in 2007, COSS’s experts designed a world-first non-lethal security solution to defend shipping firms’ vessels transiting the Indian Ocean. The pioneering use of on-board citadels, warning systems, vessel-hardening measures and evasive manoeuvres prevented the need for costly, logistically challenging and potentially controversial firearms. The system created provided a cost-effective and more efficient use of security resources. It was also easily transferrable to South-East Asia and other environments with maritime security risks but with more legal restrictions on the use of on-board armed guards. Dozens of clients implemented the system, including major multinational shipping firms. None of them lost a single vessel, item of cargo or member of staff.

COSS’s experts were contracted by a major multinational aerospace firm to conduct an organisation-wide review of its internal security procedures after it was attacked by an anti-fascist group that was persistently targeting its operations. Our experts reviewed security at the company’s strategic sites, using a variety of stealth tactics to infiltrate facilities and find their vulnerabilities. They then used the results of this penetration testing to propose a new security structure for the sites. The client fully implemented our experts’ suggestions and did not suffer from any further attacks by the anti-fascist group or any other organisations.

COSS’s experts were hired by a high-profile family-owned Emirati business to provide guards for the entire organisation’s domestic and overseas operations. Our experts examined the client’s unique requirements and risk profile, then used their industry connections to put together a team of highly qualified ex-British Army personnel. They then gave them the bespoke training they required to protect the client’s commercial interests, including all necessary accredited qualifications to work in close protection in the required countries. The client was extremely satisfied and has not suffered any serious security incidents since the deployment of the team assembled by our experts.

In 2011, at the height of Libya’s civil war, COSS’s experts were hired by a major multinational news organisation to transport one of its journalists into the north-western city of Misrata, the site of one of the war’s bloodiest and longest-running battles. Our experts used local connections and an innovative land- and sea-based approach to smuggle the media team into the warzone, which was at the time all but inaccessible. They protected the client while they collected footage then removed them to safety after the job was complete. The resultant world-exclusive content – enabled entirely by our experts’ security solutions – won global plaudits and significantly boosted the client’s reputation, viewing figures and consequently, profits.

Following a rise in violence in Yemen in the 2000s, COSS’s experts were contracted by a large multinational oil company to survey its production facilities, pipeline and export terminal in the country. The aim was to provide a demonstrably workable plan for ensuring business continuity in the event of a terrorist attack, without which the client was unable to purchase insurance, threatening the viability of the project. The client’s own security managers had failed to find a viable solution.

Our experts conducted an in-depth on-the-ground survey of all the client’s operations and pre-existing security measures, as well as local threat groups’ capacity and intent to conduct attacks. Using COSS’s “smart security” approach, they identified which parts of the operation were critical to maintaining production and analysed how vulnerable they were. They then made recommendations for a cost-effective reallocation of security resources that prioritised the integrity of the operation. The client implemented our experts’ solutions and did not suffer any attacks. It was able to purchase all relevant insurance and to continue its operations with certainty and stability.