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Threat Assessment

Atlas Defense Group is committed to providing the best security solutions. We do this by providing the right amount of guards with the right amount of training. So, we developed a training regimen with varying levels to meet the mission at hand.

The Probability, Vulnerability, Criticality Matrix

Our threat assessment is based in the Probability, Vulnerability, and Criticality Matrix (PVCM). Depending on your particular threat assessment, we base our pricing and the amount of training our guards require in order to serve you.

Probability simply refers to the likelihood of a threat ever presenting itself to you or organization. This depends on the dynamics of your "general area" of operation, and it includes crime rate, social economic and demographics of the neighborhood.

Vulnerability focuses more on your immediate surroundings, from the layout of your storefront, office, or residential unit, to the structures housing it, such as the mall, professional suites, or apartment complex. It also accounts for accessibility, visibility, lighting and other factors.

Criticality depends on the consequences of a security breach and it is the most important factor in the threat assessment.  A low criticality level means that loss, damage, or threat to life is minimal and easily recoverable or replaced. Conversely, a high criticality level means that the threat to your assets, property, operations or life is high and difficult or otherwise impossible to replaces. In most cases, a security breach of a high-threat assessment contract can be devastating.



To demonstrate how the PVCM works we're going to give an example of a jeweler and a MMJ retail location and give a rough threat assessment.

- Jewelry Retailer -

A jewelry retailer located in a mall, in a good neighborhood is open to the public. The probability of a robbery is low in general due to the neighborhood and because the mall provides countless of witnesses. However, the vulnerability is high because the mall is open to the public and easily accessible, with many exit possibilities, the storefront has an open layout design, and the jewelry is only protected by glass casings. Assuming that the business is insured against losses, the criticality has a medium threat rate, because a successful robbery can yield thousands, even millions of dollars in losses, damages and death or great bodily harm.
Each factor is given a value between 1 and 3. 
In this case:
Probability = 1 - Vulnerability = 3 - Criticality = 2

The average comes out to 2 of 3. Which comes out to 66% Threat Assessment.
This makes covering a jewelry store a medium threat operation.
Threat Assessment Levels:
Low = 0% - 33% / Medium = 34% - 66% / High = 67% - 100%

Note that even though low level security start at 0%, a security expert knows that their will never be a situation in which a threat assessment is 0%. Nothing, including maximum-security prisons are 100% secured. 

- Medical Cannabis (MMJ) -

Our next Threat Assessment will be for a Medical Cannabis (MMJ) retail location. Most people would assume that a medical cannabis location would be a much higher threat but as you will see it has a much lower threat assessment then a Jewelry store.

A MMJ retailer has a low probability of being robbed because it's assumed that there will be security measures in place because of its highly desired product. It's vulnerability is also low because MMJ facilities use a security concept known as Crime Prevention Through  Environmental Design (CPTED), witch also lowers the probability level.
(We'll discuss CPTED in a future article in our blog - Coming Soon) 
Of course, the criticality level is extremely high. In this case not only do security experts consider the criminal element but also the political element. Even in the states where Medical Cannabis is legal, many municipalities put heavy restrictions on the industry. So an accident that happens at the retail location, the city will shut it down for fear of further crime, especially violent crime. This is an example of a "devastating" result, because even the legal operation of an MMJ storefront will be shut down permanently. Making it impossible to recover any loses.

In this case:
Probability = 1 - Vulnerability = 1 - Criticality = 3

The average comes out to 1.66 of 3, which comes out to 55% Threat Assessment.
This makes covering a MMJ storefront a medium threat operation. But, notice that its 11% lower threat level then a jewelry store.
Threat Assessment Levels:
Low = 0% - 33% / Medium = 34% - 66% / High = 67% - 100%

Of course there are ways to lower the threat levels for each of the 3 factors involved. If you want to lower you threat assessment levels, you may contact us to discuss a Threat Evaluation.


Below are the three levels of security training proprietary to Atlas Defense Group. Guards are required to obtain the appropriate amount of training before working at any of the three levels threat assessment levels.

Guard Level I

Prior to being considered for employment with Atlas Defense Group, all guards must provide proof of proper licensure and training from the state. This includes the "Guard Card" and Exposed Firearm Permit. Then, prior to hiring and official duty orders, all guards must pass a course of fire - similar to the state training -demonstrating excellence in their use of weapon manipulation in a dynamic environment, with a pass or no pass score of 100% hit rate.
We do this to insure that we only hire the best trained guards and to limit possible damage and liabilities on behalf of all parties.

Guard Level I is perfect for Low to No Threat Environments.

Guard Level II

Guard Level II includes everything covered in Guard Level I with further training in firearms manipulation and the addition to Combat Life Saver training, similar to that of basic military medical training. Guard Level II also includes, depending on the environment, guards with body armor, personal medical equipment, and communications. 

Guard Level II is perfect for Mid to High Threat Environments. 

Guard Level III

Guards Level III is reserved for the best of the best in our team. Guard Level III guards work in Executive Protection Details, Fugitive Recovery, Military & Government Contracts. Guard Level III includes everything covered in the prior levels of training with further firearms, medical, communications and tactics.