GardaWorld Security Corporation, based in Canada and calling itself the largest privately owned security services and cash services company in the world, has acquired WorldAware, the US-based security risk management firm. Stephen Crétier, CEO of GardaWorld, said the competitive landscape has seen radical shifts, and an integrated approach to managing risk, coupled with the right mix of capabilities, “has never been more important.” The acquisition, according to an announcement, will strengthen, unite and optimize the complementary synergies of both organizations' services and “intelligence-led, always-on Global Integrated Operational Centers as well as their respective technological prowess.” Bringing together their world-recognized experts and knowledge, said the announcement, will allow greater opportunities for clients, including increased access to geographies and capabilities. Together the companies will advise and service more than 25% of the Fortune 500 and many top Canadian and European corporations; monitor and protect over 32 million people a year; and disseminate over 500,000 daily security alerts and intelligence briefings yearly.