Matt Bogaard, Founder and CEO
The face of modern security has changed considerably since the days of alarm monitoring, video surveillance and CCTVs. Present day solutions consist of the very bleeding edge in innovative technology. Photographic identification systems, AI based cameras and intrusion detection solutions, have taken it up a notch. And while these solutions are indispensable in resolving conflicts, most organizations struggle to adopt and integrate them.
Companies need to assess their own security needs and find the solutions that secure their assets. To this end, Bogaard Group International (BGI), is a global security consulting firm that offers tailor-fit solutions to its clients. BGI works to balance an organization’s security risks and threats by complying with global market standards and strategizing a plan that benefits its clients most. BGI understands that conventional security measures and policies are no longer suitable for the modern world and works with clients to create innovative and adaptive solutions that excel in today’s security climate.
BGI’s “clients’ first,” approach makes it incredibly successful in the security solutions market even without a sales team. “We provide the best experience and custom services to our clients and we build long-lasting relationships with them. For that reason, a major share of our business comes from referrals and recommendations,” mentions Matt Bogaard, founder and CEO of the company. Even though BGI offers complete end-to-end security solutions and seamless integration with a wide range of manufacturers, the company does not partner with any vendors in the market. This vendor-agnostic approach allows BGI to tailor security solutions that meet the exact client requirements without endorsing a particular brand, especially while providing advisory and consulting services. When choosing the products and equipment for a client, the company invites proposals from three to four firms and helps the client navigate pricing, models, and overall fit. “Our revenue is based on consulting and not on commissions from vendors,” says Bogaard.
As the security landscape has evolved tremendously due to technological advancements, companies face huge hurdles while identifying the right solutions. BGI utilizes its expertise to help companies cut through an often intimidating list of options by calibrating each client’s nuanced requirements with industry offerings.
Its diverse team of experienced consultants and project managers go above and beyond a client’s security challenges. The BGI team consists of former police officers, veterans and integrators who use their professional experience to identify the client’s requirements and build an appropriate security strategy.
As we strive to provide the best possible experience and custom services to our clients, we have gained a highly satisfied and loyal client base. For that reason, a major share of our business comes from referrals and recommendations
Upon engaging with a client, BGI performs a vulnerability assessment to learn about the client’s operations and the organization’s current security status. “Would a financial advisor be able to provide sound investment advice without first learning about the customer’s background and history?” Bogaard asked confidently. After completing the assessment, BGI understands the client’s standard business operations, the workplace visitor policy, number of employees, and other critical factors associated with the client’s security. This allows BGI to deploy the right solution that covers all aspects of the client’s security needs.
In one instance, a private school in Los Angeles approached BGI to help enhance on-campus security. With past incidents of school violence across the country, the management was apprehensive and wanted to deploy surveillance cameras, bulletproof glass, gunshot sensors, and other aggressive and reactionary measures on campus. Instead of taking such reactionary measures, BGI redirected the discussion toward preventive measures which would be more impactful and effective. BGI also aimed to maintain the school’s historic architectural design and existing culture of inclusion. After extensive dialogue with the management, BGI’s team trained the teaching staff to observe behavioral traits of students and visitors. The training sessions also covered emergency planning, tabletop drills with the head administration, and more—all of which were aimed at handling risky situations. After BGI’s training, the client understood that preventive measures can be far more effective than expensive and reactionary devices installed at various campus locations.
Successes like this are a testament to BGI’s commitment to its clients in implementing tailored security policies and procedures in a high-risk and unpredictable environment. BGI’s exemplary service record shows just how practical it is to adopt scalable and affordable security solutions by focusing on seamless customization.