Tel Aviv-based Scopus Security Solutions has opened a permanent, staffed office in Charleston, South Carolina as a base for its US operations. A global leader in security services, consultation and counter-terrorism training, Scopus works with corporations, municipalities, industry, and the aviation industry on security infrastructure and business continuity programs. The Charleston International Airport has been a client since 2002 when security and training needs for all organizations took a major shift after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Scopus is led by CEO Gal Nir, highly trained in counter-terrorism and corporate management at the highest levels after over a decade at Intel where he held several key roles including leader of Global Risk Assessment programs. He served in the Israeli Secret Service, attained the rank of Major in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Commander of Chief of Staff, Security Unit for the Army Reserve, and Security Manager at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
USA and EMEA Operations are led by Andy Stephens and Michael Benchetrit, respectively. Andy served in the US Army, and for the last 10 years has worked for Kestrel Horizons, a US Engineering and EHS Firm. He holds an MA in Diplomacy and Terrorism. Michael served with the IDF and other agencies, and worked with Gal at Intel Corporation. He holds a BA and Business and is a certified LEAN expert.
Scopus Security Solutions’ International Board of Advisors includes three prominent leaders in South Carolina. Arnold S. Goodstein is a former South Carolina Representative and Senator as well as Commissioner for the First District of the Department of Transportation. Sam Hoerter is the former Director of Airports for the Charleston Aviation Authority and Charleston International Airport. Bill Stephens is the Founder and Managing Principal of Kestrel Horizons, LLC and leads the PSCT, and environmental trust established to provide for the Pinewood Site near Sumter, SC.