UMAL’s travel security provider Drum Cussac, are now owned by GardaWorld, the world’s largest private security company with a turnover in excess of $3.5bn and over 100k employees globally. To find out more about GardaWorld visit

Further to this and as part of a strategic focus on the travel security sector, the acquisition of Drum Cussac has been closely followed by further acquisitions of FAM International and WorldAware, global providers of Journey management/executive protection and travel risk management services respectively. These business are being brought together as one travel security division, with Crisis24, NYA, Drum Cussac and FAM operating under the new brand name Crisis24 whilst WorldAware will continue under its existing brand name to ensure consistency throughout integration. This is exciting news for UMAL Members as it means that we are now partnered with the largest travel security provider in the world. To find out more about Crisis24 visit

The re-branding of Drum Cussac to Crisis24 is already underway and will transition over the coming weeks and months. With wider support from the global GardaWorld organisation, Crisis24 has access to unrivalled in-country support and intelligence to support any potential study abroad and research projects, even in remote and higher risk destinations, further enhancing our travel security offering to Members.

As we look to emerge from COVID-19 and return to something closer to a ‘state of norm’ having expert advice and assistance has never been more important and as such UMAL are also delighted to announce a further three year extension of our relationship with Crisis24 through until 2024.