Robert Matthiessen

Robert Matthiessen

Adjunct Professor
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BS Empire State College 2007

MA American Military University, 2011

Completing DPA. Capella University




Bob Matthiessen is Adjunct Professor in the Security, Fire and Emergency Management Department at John Jay College. He currently teaches Risk Management, Protection Management and Executive Protection to Undergraduates and Graduate students.  Bob is naive New Yorker and is a former law enforcement supervisor assigned to intelligence and diplomatic security duties. Provided comprehensive security planning and counter terrorism strategies for high threat events and visiting world leaders throughout NYC. Currently directing all global risks, executive protection and intelligence responsibilities for a financial firm with assets in three continents. He is co-author of a published writing on suicide terrorism in 2004, and has written instructional manuals on close-protection and physical security for both the public and private sectors. Bob continues to provide comprehensive instructions that helps guide security leaders and practitioners with comprehensive strategic recommendations that will identify and provide solutions to improve security using a best practices approach.           

Professional Memberships

American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)

Co-Chair of the Security Leadership Society at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Course Taught





SEC 210



Languages spoken/fluent in


Scholarly Work

Co-Author: Preparing for Suicide Terrorism. A Primer for American Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers. 2004, RAND. Wash. D.C.



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Active Shooter
Bombs & Explosives
Disaster & Emergency Response
Gangs & Social Order
Organized Crime
Stop and Frisk
Terrorism & Violent Extremism

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Risk Management and Controls

Executive and Celebrity Protection Security

Physical Security and Blast Mitigation (protecting building from a terrorist attack)