Athena Academy International Female Security Training

Athena Academy International Female Security Training International Female Security Training and Services Athena Academy is an International premiere full service Security Organization, Consulting Firm and Training Agency for females.

Athena Academy is an international premiere full service security organization, consulting firm and training agency for females. We provide high risk security services in a safe, discreet and confidential manner to all of our clients in entertainment, fashion, diplomatic or private sector. We are dedicated to offering a new way for women to be successful in defense of themselves, family and others. Our professionally trained personnel have provided services to Celebrities, CEOs, Fashion icons, Politicians and Executives internationally. -Protective Services Training: If you aspire to be a female executive protection specialist, or close protection operative, the demand for women in the security industry is growing. Athena Academy helps females learn how to become professional CPOs. Our programs are unique, challenging, and top of the line. We provide specialized training using a combination of former Special Forces and counter-terrorism operatives. We offer Women’s Self Defense Training, Security Oriented Training Classes, and courses designed with most urban situations in mind. What makes Athena Academy so different is that our training curriculum takes into consideration the differing learning style of women. Studies have shown that women learn differently than men. We have designed our curriculum to overcome the learning barriers women sometimes face in co-ed courses. Athena Academy training curriculums are written and peer-reviewed by world-renowned experts in their field based on reality-based situational experience. This specialized curriculum is then taught in a format that ensures the highest material retention rate. In addition, our courses are taught by real world protective specialists and tactical operatives. Our training cadre is a mixture of security specialists with backgrounds in protecting some of the world’s most prominent celebrities, executives and dignitaries. The methods taught at Athena Academy have been battle-tested time and time again and have proven to be among the best material available in the world today. Our training and experience has given us a more heightened sense of awareness, thus giving us the ability to have strong skills in foreseeing situations. Athena Academy curriculum puts a huge emphasis on a "know-before-you-go" mentality and sensitive perception with situational awareness. We teach you how to anticipate, de-escalate and escape life-threatening situations. Whether your interest is in the physical benefits of being one of our Krav Maga or KAPAP students or you want to go as far as becoming a female close protection agent, Athena Academy has customized programs suited just for you. COURSES OFFERED: Female Close Protection Operative (CPO) Nannyguards Child Protection Specialist Course Female Self Defense Urban Awareness Safety Courses for Models, Celebrities, Executives, Secretaries, Journalists, Flight Attendants Celebrity Security Operatives Crisis Management Armed & Unarmed Tactical Training Tactical Firearms Tactical Medical-First Aid Training **Additionally our instructor’s team can design a training course according to clients needs. -Female Self Defense Training: If you want to learn how to protect yourself and family members, our female-focused safety seminars and self-defense classes will teach you how to survive. -Female Close Protection Services: We are industry leaders for promoting, training and staffing women in the female close protection industry. We provide world-wide close protection and executive protection services for enterntainment professionals, politicians, CEO's, corporate personnel, journalists, clergy, and families.

Mission: Athena Academy's mission is to maximize our client’s safety and minimize the threat level. We can offer a high standard of trained female professionals worldwide to organizations in every aspect of the security industry, provide alternative security solutions, consultancy and training services to private and government entities. Athena Academy is dedicated to teaching women to think about security from a new view point. In the past, organizations have tried to teach women to "even the playing field". We believe this approach ill-equips women to learn strategy over strikes. We keep it simple by using a modular "series of systems" designed to fit specific circumstances. The nuances of life affect different people in different ways, so essentially, students pick which applications benefit them the most.

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For those who believe that all millionaires or billionaires have security teams with them...No, not all have. Lately, we...
09/22/2020
Businessman pays $250K ransom after being kidnapped in home invasion

For those who believe that all millionaires or billionaires have security teams with them...No, not all have. Lately, we have seen many cases like these, either kidnappings, home invasions etc, and we will see more in the future....luckily for this guy the kidnappers weren't smart enough.''A retired Alabama businessman was kidnapped during a home invasion and forced to wire $250,000 to his captors before they released him unharmed. Elton B. Stephens Jr., whose father founded EBSCO Industries in 1944 (The Stephens family has a net worth of $4 billion), was kidnapped at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11 from a rental home in Birmingham, where police said a pair of suspects, Matthew Amos Burke, 34, and Tabatha Nicole Hodges, 33, broke into his residence hours earlier as he slept, the Birmingham News reports. The pair had already stolen three of Stephens’ guns, including a shotgun, and told him they’d kill him if he called for help. Burke and Hodges then took Stephens to a trailer in St. Clair County, where they forced him to wire $250,000 into their account before returning him back home later that day, according to the report.''
https://nypost.com/2020/09/18/suspects-charged-with-kidnapping-alabama-businessman-who-paid-250k-ransom

A retired Alabama businessman was kidnapped during a home invasion and forced to wire $250,000 to his captors before they released him unharmed. Elton B. Stephens Jr., whose father founded EBSCO In…

"Dominic Raab's bodyguard has been "removed from operational duties" after allegedly leaving his gun on a plane at Heath...
09/19/2020
Dominic Raab's bodyguard 'left gun on plane'

"Dominic Raab's bodyguard has been "removed from operational duties" after allegedly leaving his gun on a plane at Heathrow.
A cleaner is reported to have found the loaded Glock 19 pistol in its holster on a seat on the United Airlines flight after it landed in London on Friday.
The foreign secretary had been in Washington DC to speak to US politicians about Brexit."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54216511

The foreign secretary was returning to London when the incident is reported to have happened.

"Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had his phone number and passport details obtained by a hacker after posti...
09/19/2020
Tony Abbott hacked after posting boarding pass on Instagram

"Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had his phone number and passport details obtained by a hacker after posting a picture of his boarding pass on Instagram.
Hacker Alex Hope said he uncovered Mr Abbott's details from his Qantas boarding pass in just 45 minutes.
He then spent months attempting to contact Mr Abbott to alert him of the security breach.
Qantas said it had now updated its cyber security protocols."

https://www-bbc-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-australia-54193764

A hacker uncovered the Australian ex-PM's phone number and passport details but told the authorities.

We would recommend this free online awareness course on anyone, no matter your professional background. It may save a li...
09/15/2020
Find the ZSA Zero Suicide Alliance training

We would recommend this free online awareness course on anyone, no matter your professional background. It may save a life and it all starts with you. ''The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. An alliance of people and organizations coming together around one basic principle: Suicide is preventable!'' https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training

Here you will find the training on offer by the Alliance, from our Step Up Module, which offers insight into how to engage someone who may be socially isolated, to the Gateway module which introduces suicide as a key factor for community health and safety, to our ZSA training, which we have been kno...

09/12/2020
Rustenburg Veiligheid

Always have eyes on your children and be aware of your surroundings. The suspect tried to kidnap this child at the restaurant in front of her parents. Kudos to those who reacted fast!

Please Note: We have received increased reports of children being kidnapped at restaurants and shopping malls in the Jhb Northern suburbs.
A suspect tried to take a couple’s 5 year old child at a restaurant tonight in Northcliff. Our security staff at the centre saw this suspicious activity and managed to get the child to safety, apprehend and arrest the suspect while the getaway vehcile sped off.
* Please ensure you know where your children are at all times and visa versa.
* Make sure your children know not to listen or talk to any strangers that approach them in a mall, restaurant or public area.
* Make sure your children know where you are seated before letting them go to the play area.
* Unfortunately, when children are unsure of their situation they tend keep quiet and follow instruction especially when talking to adults. let them know it is okay to shout or scream for mom/dad if they are pulled anywhere / told to follow or anything suspicious.

Always be careful on social media, stop taking part in these posts, stop taking quizzes ''what kind of potato you are'' ...
09/09/2020

Always be careful on social media, stop taking part in these posts, stop taking quizzes ''what kind of potato you are'' and stop uploading your pictures to see what kind of hairstyle suits you.....so you don't become the guy in the second picture. There is nothing worse than a security practitioner who can not protect his private information not to mention the fact being attacked by the ex gf or ex-wife....

''The Department of Justice announced in a press release today that Joseph Sullivan, former Chief Security Officer of Ub...
08/21/2020
Uber’s Former CSO Charged With Paying $100,000 In Bitcoin To Hide Massive Data Breach

''The Department of Justice announced in a press release today that Joseph Sullivan, former Chief Security Officer of Uber UBER, allegedly tried to cover up a 2016 hack that compromised data of millions of users and drivers. A criminal complaint charged Joseph Sullivan with obstruction of justice with the attempted cover-up of the 2016 hack of Uber Technologies Incorporated.

The press release discusses how rather than report the 2016 breach, Sullivan allegedly took deliberate steps to prevent knowledge of the breach from reaching the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Sullivan allegedly sought to pay the hackers off by funneling the payoff through a bug bounty program—a program in which a third party intermediary arranges payment to so-called ‘white hat’ hackers who point out security issues but have not actually compromised data. '' https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbrett/2020/08/20/former-uber-cso-arrested-for-paying-100000-bitcoin-to-hide-data-breach-of-57-million-customers/amp/

The Department of Justice announced in a press release today that Joseph Sullivan, former Chief Security Officer of Uber, allegedly tried to cover up 2016 hack that compromised data of millions of users and drivers.

How do you properly handle your client's budget? "One of the most serious of all professional deadly sins in our industr...
08/19/2020
How do you properly handle your client's budget?

How do you properly handle your client's budget? "One of the most serious of all professional deadly sins in our industry is the overcharging of the client or spending his/her money unreasonably and/or unwisely..."
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-do-you-properly-handle-your-clients-budget-denida-zinxhiria-grow

One of the most serious of all professional deadly sins in our industry is the overcharging of the client or spending his/her money unreasonably and/or unwisely. We have seen too many companies presenting the "threat" to be much bigger than it truly is so they can cause more fear and create a depe

"Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief today urged Londoners to be on the alert for potential extremists as he warned ...
08/06/2020
Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief warns new attack on London is 'likely' after lockdown

"Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief today urged Londoners to be on the alert for potential extremists as he warned a new attack on the capital is likely as the country emerges from lockdown.
Commander Richard Smith said counter-terrorism officers and MI5 are pursuing “800 different leads and investigations” into possible deadly plots and that the public’s help in providing further tip-offs was “vital” in preventing more killings...."

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/scotland-yards-counter-terrorism-chief-100000758.html?guce_referrer=yw5kcm9pzc1hcha6ly9jb20ubglua2vkaw4uyw5kcm9pzc8&guce_referrer_sig=aqaaag5fbriczmc8rv_2aofwuhd-bac9rczowyvfzh1e4vuru_1mftirfzy7ttajfuv0-uyjd0jxqifns_sp0x4qzkzshclbc8sbbmknb-5dvi3ieyb1ltjclmw-avmzgpjuogozs9gysqaz6mpavofrifaaulyrsfacm4joubjzt3cn

Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief today urged Londoners to be on the alert for potential extremists as he warned a new attack on the capital is likely as the country emerges from lockdown.Commander Richard Smith said counter-terrorism officers and MI5 are pursuing “800 different leads and ...

"FDLE arrests 17-year-old mastermind of "Bit-Con" Twitter hack in Tampa! The July 15 hack seized control the accounts of...
08/01/2020

"FDLE arrests 17-year-old mastermind of "Bit-Con" Twitter hack in Tampa! The July 15 hack seized control the accounts of numerous high-profile individuals, including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, and used the accounts to spread a bitcoin scam.

Suspect Graham Ivan Clark faces dozens of felony charges related to the hack. The investigation involved partnership between several local, state, and federal agencies, including the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, the IRS, United States Secret Service, the United States Attorney's Offices for the Middle District of Florida and for Northern California, and the State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit, who will prosecute the case."

https://www.sao13th.com/2020/07/hillsborough-state-attorneys-office-tapped-to-prosecute-worldwide-bit-con-hack-of-prominent-twitter-users/

FDLE arrests 17-year-old mastermind of "Bit-Con" Twitter hack in Tampa! The July 15 hack seized control the accounts of numerous high-profile individuals, including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, and used the accounts to spread a bitcoin scam.

Suspect Graham Ivan Clark faces dozens of felony charges related to the hack. The investigation involved partnership between several local, state, and federal agencies, including the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, the IRS, United States Secret Service, the United States Attorney's Offices for the Middle District of Florida and for Northern California, and the State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit, who will prosecute the case.

https://www.sao13th.com/2020/07/hillsborough-state-attorneys-office-tapped-to-prosecute-worldwide-bit-con-hack-of-prominent-twitter-users/

08/01/2020
Bodyguards for children, I speak to Denida Zinxhiria CEO of NannyGuards

It was a pleasure to have this interview with Simeon Rosset from Rosset Bespoke Butlers. I highly recommend you follow his channel not only for the interviews he is hosting but also for the etiquette tips and educational videos he is sharing, that will benefit you if you are working security for HNW individuals.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B421asfQx-g

Denida Zinxhiria Grow is the Founder and CEO of Athena Worldwide, Athena Academy and Nannyguards. She is an experienced and well trained Executive Protection...

"The ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report is recording more incidents in new areas of Latin Am...
07/31/2020
Many pirate attacks in the Americas go unreported – Maritime Fairtrade

"The ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report is recording more incidents in new areas of Latin America, but says many further attacks go unreported, making the problem more difficult to tackle.

The four attacks that were reported in Mexico all targeted offshore vessels, and all happened within a span of 11 days in April.

One anchored accommodation barge was boarded by six people wearing face masks and armed with automatic weapons and pistols. They attempted to enter, and opened fire, injuring a crewmember and damaging three windows.

The Master raised the alarm, sent a distress message, informed the Chief Security Officer, and the crew mustered in the citadel. The incident was reported to the Marine Control via VHF Ch16 and a naval boat was dispatched, but the attackers escaped with the barge’s high value project equipment.

Incidents continue to be reported off Callao anchorage, Peru. Meanwhile, vessels off neighboring Ecuador have recorded incidents each year since 2017, with at least three container ships attacked while underway in Q2 2020. In one case, two crew were taken hostage for the duration of the robbery and in another the perpetrators fired on the ship when they were unable to gain access.

Globally, in total, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 98 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first half of 2020, up from 78 in Q2 2019." https://maritimefairtrade.org/many-pirate-attacks-in-the-americas-go-unreported/

The ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report is recording more incidents in new areas of Latin America, but says many further attacks go unreported, making the problem more difficult to tackle.

Highly recommend anyone involved in EP work follow up Daniel Goleman, for those not aware of the name, he is the writer ...
07/29/2020
Welcome to my newsletter, Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman

Highly recommend anyone involved in EP work follow up Daniel Goleman, for those not aware of the name, he is the writer of the best selling book ''Emotional Intelligence'' which can be considered the Alpha and Omega of soft skills. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/welcome-my-newsletter-emotional-intelligence-daniel-goleman-goleman-2f/?trackingId=DLrUojx%2ByWeEWa%2FKtpxcnA%3D%3D

I’m delighted to share with you matters close to my heart, ideas that I find stimulating, and some practical tips and leads that you might find useful. At the core, of course, you’ll find emotional intelligence.

"Officials in at least 27 states are urging residents to report any unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have be...
07/28/2020
27 States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

"Officials in at least 27 states are urging residents to report any unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have been sent from China, warning that they might be invasive or otherwise harmful.
The agriculture departments in those states have issued statements in recent days, noting that residents had reported receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they had not ordered. Based on photos, the seeds appear to have been mailed in white pouches displaying Chinese lettering and the words “China Post,” though photos released by the Ohio Department of Agriculture show that seeds have also been sent in yellow envelopes."

https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/us/seeds-from-china-mail.amp.html

State agriculture officials are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

"Former government and military employees and contractors are not shy about publicly posting details of their detailed w...
07/26/2020
The Chinese spy who hunted on LinkedIn

"Former government and military employees and contractors are not shy about publicly posting details of their detailed work histories on the website in order to obtain lucrative jobs in the private sector.

This presents a potential goldmine to foreign intelligence agencies. In 2018, US counter-intelligence chief William Evanina warned of "super aggressive" action by Beijing on the Microsoft-owned platform, which is one of few Western social media sites not blocked in China.

Kevin Mallory, a former CIA officer jailed for 20 years last May for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent, was first targeted on LinkedIn." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53544505

Dickson Yeo, a PhD student-turned-agent, targeted Americans that had access to private information.

The importance of Emotional Control in the Workplace for Executive Protection Operatives"An emotional outburst at work c...
07/25/2020
The importance of Emotional Control in the Workplace for Executive Protection Operatives

The importance of Emotional Control in the Workplace for Executive Protection Operatives
"An emotional outburst at work can take your focus from performing your duties best and show you are incapable of controlling your own feelings."....
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-emotional-control-workplace-executive-zinxhiria-grow

Usually, I write articles based on my experience as a security professional but this one will be addressed from another perspective. That of the person who has a degree in Psychology and has also spent many hours studying behaviours.

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Athena Academy is an international premier full-service security organization, consulting firm and training agency for females. We provide security services in a safe, discreet and confidential manner to all of our clients in entertainment, fashion, diplomatic or private sectors. We are dedicated to offering a new way for women to be successful in defense of themselves, family and others. Our professionally trained personnel have provided services to Celebrities, CEOs, Fashion icons, Politicians and Executives internationally. -Protective Services Training: If you are a female and you aspire to be a close protection operative (Bodyguard), now is the time as the demand for women in the security industry is growing. Athena Academy helps females learn how to become professional CPOs. Our programs are unique, challenging, and top of the line. We provide specialized training using a combination of former Special Forces and counter-terrorism operatives. We offer Women’s Self Defense Training, Security Oriented Training Classes, and courses designed with most urban situations in mind. What makes Athena Academy so different is that our training curriculum takes into consideration the different learning styles of women. Studies have shown that women learn differently than men. Also as women are placed to cover specific positions within a security team, we emphasize on very specific topics that will make them stand out. We have designed our curriculum to overcome the learning barriers women sometimes face in co-ed courses. Athena Academy training curriculums are written and peer-reviewed by world-renowned experts in their field based on reality-based situational experience. This specialized curriculum is then taught in a format that ensures the highest material retention rate. In addition, our courses are taught by real-world protective specialists and tactical operatives. Our training cadre is a mixture of security specialists with backgrounds in protecting some of the world’s most prominent celebrities, executives and dignitaries. The methods taught at Athena Academy have been battle-tested time and time again and have proven to be among the best material available in the world today. Our training and experience have given us a more heightened sense of awareness, thus giving us the ability to have strong skills in foreseeing situations. Athena Academy curriculum puts a huge emphasis on a "know-before-you-go" mentality and sensitive perception with situational awareness. We teach you how to anticipate, de-escalate and escape life-threatening situations. We also teach you the importance of soft skills and communication skills. COURSES OFFERED: Female Close Protection Operative (CPO)/Bodyguarding Nannyguards Child Protection Specialist Course Female Self Defense Urban Awareness Safety Courses for Models, Celebrities, Executives, Secretaries, Journalists, Flight Attendants Crisis Management Armed & Unarmed Tactical Training Tactical Firearms Tactical Medical-First Aid Training **Additionally our instructor’s team can design a training course according to clients' needs. -Female Self Defense Training: If you want to learn how to protect yourself and family members, our female-focused safety seminars and self-defense classes will teach you how to survive. -Female Close Protection Services: We are industry leaders for promoting, training and staffing women in the female close protection industry. We provide world-wide close protection and executive protection services for entertainment professionals, politicians, CEO's, corporate personnel, journalists, clergy, and high net worth families.

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