Bluffton Security Assessments

Jim McGuffey

Jim McGuffey, M.A., CPP, PSP, PCI

Jim joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18, serving 3 years, receiving an Honorable Discharge with the rank of E-5, Good Conduct Medal and an ARCOM medal. He then served eight years as a police officer where he earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice and then joined the Armored Car industry as a supervisor where he earned a Master’s in Management, serving 26 years (22-Brinks’ and 4-Loomis) with a total of 20-years in senior level positions of Area General Manager, District Manager and Regional Director/Regional Vice President.

During his 26 years working in the transportations industry, he was responsible for managing and protecting assets at 50 high risk facilities, several thousand armed-guards and 1,000 armored vehicles. It is this profit and loss experience that separates Jim from other security consultants and has helped him to recommend cost effective security measures to mitigate risk and properly balance security with profits.

Jim has been interviewed on security loss events by CNN, ABC, New York Times and other Canadian and US news media and publications. He is considered a global expert in the security risk assessment process.


Jim is one of approximately 200 security professionals worldwide who hold all three board certifications in security management. His board-certifications in security are accredited by the Department of Homeland Security, American National Standards Institute and the International Standards Organization 17024 Standard. In addition, these certifications have been awarded the DHS’s SAFETY Act Designation, which gives ASIS board-certified professionals, their employers, and their customers immediate protection from lawsuits involving ASIS certification and the ASIS certification process that arise out of an act of terrorism. 


Jim is vetted as a Security Contractor for the U.S. Department of State Anti-terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program to train law enforcement officers, military and private security professionals for the following courses: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience; Preventing Attacks on Soft Targets; Surveillance Detection, Instructor Development Course, Preventing Terrorist Attacks on Bus and Railway Systems and Combatting Domestic and Transnational Terrorism and several other ATA courses.  

2012-2019, Jim has served as staff and lead instructor for 46 ATA courses and six  train-the-trainer courses, training federal, state, local law enforcement and private security professionals for the following countries, many on multiple occasions: Afghanistan, Egypt, Columbia, Jordan, Mexico, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, India, Yemen, Libya and Saudi Arabia Kingdom.

As part of the ATA Program, Jim has supervised security risk training assessments in the aforementioned parts of the world at the following facilities: Water Treatment Plant, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals, Electric Power Plants, Hotels, Malls (13 stories), Hospital, Sports Stadiums, Secretary of Energy facility, Secretary of Interior facility, Military Training Centers, Department of Interior facility, National Police Headquarters, Government School (ages 5-18), a Mosque, Churches, National Art Museum, Airport, Commercial Shipping Pier, Police College, an International Expo Center and numerous government critical infrastructures.

Jim is available via Linkedin.

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Jim McGuffey and Bluffton Security Assessments provide security services such as Security Risk Analysis, Security Training, Expert Witness and  other security related matters.

Jim McGuffey resides in South Carolina and services Beaufort, Jaspar Counties in the Hilton Head area of South Carolina. They also provide security services nationally and internationally.

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