Female Bodyguards Learn the 5 Steps of Terrorism

What makes a terrorist attack successful and why can’t the majority of cases be prevented? Terrorist groups are characterized by a strong bond between members of each operating cell and complete dedication to their goal. They have financial backing, equipment and personnel with the required skills to complete their act, and they take their time in pre-operational preparation: This includes finding those members willing to die for their extremist cause. In many cases it has been reported that terrorists work on their plan of attack for more than 10 years. Remember – They are determined to succeed!
After many years of studying terrorist attacks we see that most groups use the following 5 steps:

  1. The leader of the organization will choose the target (which can be person involved in politics, religion, showbiz, businessman or a person they may want to revenge for personal reasons).
  2. Pre-operational intelligence and surveillance (reconnaissance) – This is often achieved by using different people (to avoid detection) to gather information about their target such as daily routines, the types of security used (personnel, physical, technology), where any security weaknesses exist, the location of potential ambush sites (usually identified as places where they can hit the target and then escape easily) and any other information that can be useful for them to carry out their act).
  3. Based upon pre-operational intelligence and planning they will design the strategy, how they will act, which person they will use, what kind of weaponry etc.

  4. Testing of the plan to see if there are any weak points that will prompt a change to the attack strategy.
  5. Execution of the final attack and escape.

It is very difficult for us to indentify and stop terrorists, they have been working in the shadows for many years and unfortunately they will continue to do so.  Terrorists feed on the power they feel and the fear and chaos they bring to others.As protective security specialists, it is our duty and responsibility to make their work difficult.  This can be achieved by operating outside of identifiable routines (don’t take the same route at the same time, every day for example), by gathering, interpreting and properly disseminating protective intelligence information, and by conducting anti- and counter-surveillance that will expose them during the pre-operational planning phase of their attack. Every person, man, woman or child can be targeted in terrorist’s attacks, directly or indirectly and for any number of reasons. Remember: it is not only your principal or your team who are in danger but also many other unknowing citizens.

Deni Zinxhiria, CPSS                                                                                                                                                                                         Founder, Athena Academy(TM)

The Importance of Being a Well Trained Female Bodyguard

The last 5 years has seen female bodyguards grow in popularity and their pay increase to in some cases surpass our male counterparts.   Many principals (clients) that are in showbiz, royal families or even politicians are interested in hiring female bodyguards for their safety. Thousands of dollars are paid in contracts between security companies who provides females bodyguards and V.I.P’s.  However, because there is such demand, many of these are under trained and put into place just to provide a body, yet they insufficient experience and training.

Because of the high demand in female bodyguards and the difficulty to find and hire trained ones, many security companies are hiring female who just have a related experience but not specifically bodyguard training. What is the problem of hiring a female that has an experience as police officer or a private investigator or being a martial arts athlete instead of a female who has passed through a specific bodyguard training and certification courses?

In order to answer that question we have to explain what does a  female bodyguard course consist of? Some of the topics the student is train in are:  Armed and unarmed combat, on her own or covering the V.I.P.  Police officers are trained to cover themselves and return fire, but a bodyguard has to learn not to cover herself but to cover her principal’s body. Our instinct tells us to cover ourselves in dangerous situations. It requires many hours of practice to overcome it and learn automatically to cover someone else with your own body.

A female bodyguard will be trained in risk analysis and management, anti-terrorism, body language, how to identify and react in explosives devices, organization of event security, self defense techniques, First Aid, how to react in hostile behavior, driving skills, media management, walking drills, armed and unarmed combat, etc.

Everyone has an experience in his own field. A police officer in law enforcement, a private investigator in investigations, and a martial artist is an athlete in fighting. If you have heart problems you wouldn’t choose a plastic surgeon instead of a cardiologist, even though they are both doctors.

In my previous work experience I had to work in a team with colleagues that didn’t have the needed bodyguard training. So, I had to pay attention twice and cover their back. But who was there to cover my back? I knew that I couldn’t rely on them and feel safe, if anything happened they would not be able to react professionally. Why? Because no one has trained them how to appropriately provide protective services.

If you are a female who want to work in security industry, take a minute and think seriously of the importance of being trained. Your previous related experience will help you but by its own doesn’t  make you suitable and ready to work as a bodyguard. You can find many bodyguard courses available. Whatever you choose for your professional training be sure that is from a certified body.  This means that their curriculum has been validated, given attention to and reworked in some cases to meet some standards.

ATHENA Worldwide and ATHENA Academy(TM) promote courses and female bodyguards around the world with the first centralized formal location for the promotion of females in the close protection industry. We are the answer to many who would like an all female training staff in the areas of – Child Protective Services, Nannyguard(TM), Bodyguard Training, Urban Awareness and many other female self defense issues.

Most that have a desire to learn how to provide protective services really enjoy their training, they look forward to it and embrace the challenges.  If you have the desire to make protective services a career as a female bodyguard, then contact ATHENA Academy by going to http://www.AthenaAcademy.com and learn how to get started.  A counseler will be assigned to you as you work through your training to help you get the most applicable education for the services you would like to perform.

Denida Zinxhiria, CPSS