Former Lead FBI Negotiator Christopher Voss Joins Insite to Head Practice
NEW YORK, July 27, 2009 – Due to the global economic downturn international kidnapping for ransoms is on the rise. By some estimates, on any given day there are between one and six Americans being held as an international hostage. To help protect its high net worth and corporate clients and to provide the best possible negotiation services available, Insite Security has formally launched its Kidnapping Resolution Practice.
This new division for Insite will be led by internationally acclaimed kidnapping negotiator Christopher Voss. Mr. Voss has worked over 150 kidnappings worldwide and has been trained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Scotland Yard and Harvard University. During his tenure with the FBI, Mr. Voss climbed up the ranks to become the bureau’s lead international kidnapping negotiator at the Crisis Negotiation Unit based at Quantico. Prior to that, Mr. Voss was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force.
“Most of our clients carry some form of kidnapping insurance, but the problem with these policies is the incentive structure. Insurance companies are incented to negotiate the lowest fee possible to secure the return of a kidnap victim,” said Christopher Falkenberg, founder and president of Insite Security. “Sadly most families or companies do not know that they can bring in their own negotiator to resolve these situations. By bringing in someone that is not incented by price constraints, the likelihood of a quick and safe return improves.”
According to Mr. Voss, “The first twenty-four hours of a kidnapping are always the most critical. Each negotiation is unique and you need someone who has been through the process dozens of times in order to be effective. My goal in any negotiation is to get the victim home as quickly as possible. As long as my client is committed to that goal I will bring the person home.”
“Chris Voss has unique expertise in the field. He is, simply put, one of the world’s most experienced and effective hostage negotiators. We could think of no better person to lead this practice,” said Mr. Falkenberg.
The Kidnapping Resolution practice is the most recent extension of Insite Security’s full-service security and risk management services offered to corporations and high net worth individuals and families. The company recently launched its global medical concierge service with WorldClinic and plans on rolling out new offerings in the coming months.
Insite will also be launching a series of online seminars on security issues affecting corporations and high net worth families. Look for Mr. Voss to present on kidnapping, ransom negotiation and keeping your family and staff safe.
About Insite Security
Insite Security specializes in personal security for high net worth individuals as well as large national and multi-national corporations. The company regularly consults with Fortune 1000 companies and high net worth individuals on threat assessments and management, executive and family protection, security training, evacuation training, workplace security, disaster recovery planning. Insite also consults on security management in such areas as outsourced security management, threat and vulnerability assessments, information security and executive and family protection. Its business continuity planning helps corporate leaders in crisis management and disaster recovery planning, often through testing and simulations. Insite also offers investigative services, providing background investigations, due diligence, litigation support and identity theft resolution.