Mitigating risks posed by the Occupy Wall Street movement: Part 1

Security experts share strategies for protecting executives and their families from demonstrators


"That's going to be deemed as bullying in the court of media and the court of public opinion. If they start harassing some executive's daughter or son at school, it's going to make them seem like the bully that they're trying to protest against, so they're not going to be doing that," Sordi said. "The family's danger is a low danger. All it is basically is an intrusion of privacy where they get media attention."

Viollis believes that organizations and executive protection professionals need to be prepared to deal with the Occupy Wall Street movement for the long haul.

"This is a very real risk. I don't think we're really taking it seriously yet. I think the protestors are still seen as some people looking to gain attention," he said. "It's a very real risk and it's not going away anytime soon."