A wealthy and high-profile TorchStone client was participating in a highly publicized speaking engagement at an Ivy League college with over 1,000 students and members of the public in attendance. The event was being streamed live on the world’s most popular social media platform and TorchStone’s executive protection team was charged with safeguarding the client during the event.
TorchStone’s protective intelligence team reviewed several social media platforms on the day of the event and identified an anonymous user planning to embarrass TorchStone’s client in-person at the event! TorchStone used lawful open source private investigative techniques, as well as geospatial and behavioral analysis, and determined that the specific threat was credible. The team also identified the individual’s name, image, and relevant background information within minutes.
With this actionable intelligence in hand, TorchStone’s executive protection team worked with the event coordinator, verified that the individual had checked in at the registration desk, and determined the person’s location in the event hall. TorchStone’s vigilance in protecting not only our client, but also his reputation and brand, contributed to the individual choosing not to act, and thus, prevented a potentially embarrassing situation from being broadcast live around the world.