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Between 1970 and 2008 there were 27,563 terrorism incidents against Educational Institutions, Journalists, NGOs, and Private Citizens (Source GTD).
Since 2004 terrorist organizations have changed their focus and greatly increased the number of attacks against the unprotected (soft) targets resulting in a 500% increase in attacks on NGOs in particular.
Combine this with an overall trend of increased non-terrorist related violence against humanitarian workers which started as early as the late 1990s, but has became much more violent, frequent and sophisticated since 2005, and this has led to an unsustainable security situation for humanitarian workers active around the world.
More and more humanitarian organizations have to reconsider providing much needed help in (potential) hostile environments as they can not carry the cost of protecting those who are providing much need help to those in need.
Help us combat this trend and support us in creating a safer working environment for humanitarian workers.

Stichting Guardian Cross Security Solutions is a non-for-profit organization providing security solutions for NGO/NFP Humanitarian Efforts. Services include: Security Risk Assessment & Management; Armed/Unarmed Security Services and Pre-deployment & On site Risk Mitigation Training

Kidnappings are most likely to end in payment of a ransom, but still 30% of all kidnappings have a fatal ending. The number of kidnappings in high-risk areas continues to be on the increase especially locally employed humanitarian workers are at risk.

Understanding the techniques used by the hostage takers in your region and receiving instruction to optimally prevent, mitigate and survive a kidnapping can make a difference of life and death for your staff.

GCSS provides pre-deployment and on-site training aimed at increasing a humanitarian worker's chances of avoiding, surviving and escaping from captivity.

Over the last decade the number of men and women who lost their lives in service to humanity has more than tripled and kidnappings more than quadrupled. In 2009, more humanitarian workers died in action than UN Peacekeepers. 90% of the fatal aid work incidents recorded are the result of intentional violence. The number of violent incidents against humanitarian aid workers is growing...help Guardian Cross Security Solutions protect them.

Proving high quality medical support in the pre-hospital setting to staff in the field has many challenges, but these challenges are substantially amplified once the environment in which this care is to be delivered becomes hostile.

An environment can be considered hostile when it: Actively seeks to harm both the care provider and patient (e.g. direct – under fire - force, terrorist attacks, military/combat situations) or has introduced additional risk factors for the patient (e.g. low temperatures, long distance from definitive care, limited medical resources on the scene).

Each of the above-mentioned types of hostile environment requires a different set of skills, training and equipment to adequately respond and deliver high quality medical care and preparation.

GCSS provides medical training for your staff at all required levels from Medical First Responder to Advanced levels of Remote/Wilderness/Tactical Medicine. GCSS also conducts audits pertaining to the medical resource requirements for your unique situation.

International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP)
Institute of Protection Specialists & Security Contractors (IPSSC)
Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
Wilderness Medicine Society (WMS)
World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Executive Security International (ESI)
International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM)
International Security Academy (ISA)
Coalition for tactical medicine (CTM)
International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA)
ASIS International
Randall W. Haws, Haws Security International (HSI)

SGCSS will aspire to the highest moral/ethical standards in the industry and serves its clients and partners in accordance with "do no harm, do know harm." SGCSS will only works for NGO / non-for-profit companies active in humanitarian efforts and do so purely on a non-for-profit / charity basis. SGCSS will provide the highest quality risk management, security and training services when and wherever required in order to create a saver humanitarian working environment for all aid workers, irrespective of race and religion, in an ever increasingly hostile world.

Guardian Cross Security Solutions (GCSS) depends on your donations and ongoing support in order to provide much needed Humanitarian Security Services around the world.
On behalf of the GCSS staff and all those we are able to train, advice and protect with your support, we would like to extend sincere gratitude to you for your belief in the humanitarian workers who risk their lives to help others and the men and women who do the same in order to keep them safe.
Guardian Cross Security Solutions strives to operate efficiently and to minimize fundraising and administrative costs.
If you have any questions about how to make a donation, please contact us at our email address donations@guardiancross.org.
Thank you for supporting us protecting lives.

Travel in high-risk areas (e.g. war and disaster zones) can be very dangerous for your staff. These risks can be greatly reduced through proper risk assessment, planning, preparation (e.g. route selection, contingency planning) and appropriate on-route security.

Keeping a low and "local" profile when travelling is advised in all situations

GCSS provides Protective Security Details / Executive Protection (armed security teams / individuals) for when travel is deemed a necessity for you or your employees through areas or to places you would have rather avoided

Having an up to date security plan is essential for the security management of your organization. Threats and the level of vulnerability changes continuously so in order for staff to be able to prevent, mitigate and respond in this changing environment a living security plan is essential.

GCSS will support your initial security plan development (prior to establishing operations) and will assist/train your team to review and update the plan every few months or whenever there are substantial changes in your organization's risk of conducting a program in your area.

NGO Security Risk Assessment and Management:
• Threat Assessment
• Vulnerability Assessment
• Risk Analysis
• Control & Mitigation Consultancy
• Determination of Acceptable Risk
• Prioritization
• Funding Requirements
• Security Protocols
• Contingency Plan Development

NGO Security Protection Services:

• Anti-Terrorism Officers
• Protective Security Details
• Rapid Deployment Team
• Static Armed Guard Forces
• Unarmed Security
• Executive Protection

NGO Pre-Deployment and Onsite Training:

• Threat Recognition
• Escaping Captivity
• Medical Care Under Fire
• Remote Medicine

Our team is made up out of experienced security professionals who earned their credentials through their extensive work/training in both government and private security.
We all share the same passion to "help protect those who help others."
The team is managed by Patrick Linnenbank, MD MBA CPS CMAS. Patrick is a medical doctor, earned his MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of the two leading security training academies: ESI (Executive Security International, USA) and ISA (International Security Academy, Israel) where he specialized in Close Protection, Risk Assessment, Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism.

Feeling secure at your place of work and residence is a key requirement especially when serving in hostile environments.

In order to keep your facilities safe and secure your organization will have to balance the risks and the costs of security, which especially for long-term humanitarian efforts can be a difficult issue to resolve. How far will you need to go in perimeter security, access control and loss prevention?

GCSS provides static armed/unarmed guard services tailored to your specific situation, providing a save working environment and/or residence for your employees.

Irrespective of which security measures you plan to adopt, your organization will first have to establish which threats you should secure yourself against. The better the assessment of the potential threats your program is facing the better you can plan to avoid/counter them.

GCSC will provide you with fact based threat assessment and advice allowing you to make better informed decisions about that difficult trade off on which security measures to implement – balancing the safety of your staff with the resources and budget at hand.

Many individuals fail to recognize a level of hostility that places them in great physical danger before it is too late. Being able to recognize the signs of imminent violent action (e.g. body language) allows your staff to disengage and leave the scene or act in self-defense in such a way that they can protect themselves.

GCSS provides on-site and remote training in threat recognition for your staff, greatly increasing their chances of avoiding/responding to violent actions.

Threat Recognition:
Many individuals fail to recognize a level of hostility that places them in great physical danger before it is too late. Being able to recognize the signs of imminent violent action (e.g. body language) allows your staff to disengage and leave the scene or act in self-defense in such a way that they can protect themselves.

GCSS provides on-site and remote training in threat recognition for your staff, greatly increasing their chances of avoiding/responding to violent actions.
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Escaping Captivity:
Kidnappings are most likely to end in payment of a ransom, but still 30% of all kidnappings have a fatal ending. The number of kidnappings in high-risk areas continues to be on the increase especially locally employed humanitarian workers are at risk.

Understanding the techniques used by the hostage takers in your region and receiving instruction to optimally prevent, mitigate and survive a kidnapping can make a difference of life and death for your staff.

GCSS provides pre-deployment and on-site training aimed at increasing a humanitarian worker's chances of avoiding, surviving and escaping from captivity.
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Medical Care Under Fire and Remote Medicine:
Proving high quality medical support in the pre-hospital setting to staff in the field has many challenges, but these challenges are substantially amplified once the environment in which this care is to be delivered becomes hostile.

An environment can be considered hostile when it: Actively seeks to harm both the care provider and patient (e.g. direct – under fire - force, terrorist attacks, military/combat situations) or has introduced additional risk factors for the patient (e.g. low temperatures, long distance from definitive care, limited medical resources on the scene).

Each of the above-mentioned types of hostile environment requires a different set of skills, training and equipment to adequately respond and deliver high quality medical care and preparation.

GCSS provides medical training for your staff at all required levels from Medical First Responder to Advanced levels of Remote/Wilderness/Tactical Medicine. GCSS also conducts audits pertaining to the medical resource requirements for your unique situation.

Identifying how vulnerable your organization to threats present in your area has to consider a wide range of variables (e.g. value of your program and property to those posing the threat, your specific location and security measures/staff in place)

GGSC will not only identify how likely you are to encounter a threat and how vulnerable you are to it (establish your specific risk), but will help you reduce your vulnerability (and therefore your risk) through practical changes in the behavior of your staff and the introduction of additional security measures

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