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At IST-Academy we understand the evolution of the protective industries. Times have changed significantly in the last 30 years and the industry has evolved into a very different entity to what it was in the 1980’s till 9/11.
Global trends have changed in almost every aspect of life – Communications, International Travel, Human Interaction and Social media have all developed at phenomenal speed with a considerable impact on security issues for private- and corporate clients.
The stereotype ‘Bodyguard’ of the last decenia’s is going to be replaced by multi-task and multi-skilled operators that are able to fullfill many different roles in current environment to satisfy its high pace and demanding clients.
EQ, interpersonal-, analytic-, IT competency (Cyber/Social Media security), Language-, Driving-, Medical- and Defensive Tactics- skills have become very important to the Protection Specialist seeking employment and will be recognized by clients as an added, (but necessary) value.
The Close Protection Operative (SIA CP), responsible for the safety and security of Executives, Celebrities, Public figures and quite often, their family members including children , is a very different role to that of the protection specialist operating in a Hostile Environment such as the Middle East or North Africa (H.E.C.P.O).
The Female protectors role in Close Protection can be very different to that of the Male Operatives for cultural and practical ‘female’ reasons
At IST-Academy we recognise that these changes in everyday life have had a knock on affect, influencing the wants and the needs of prospective clients seeking to hire protection specialists.
Our portfolio of training Programs reflect this change.
All of our Close Protection Training Program options are SIA compliant, allowing the candidate to apply for a frontline SIA Close Protection Licence on successful completion of our programmes.