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Women in the Security Profession - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128038178, 9780128038888

Women in the Security Profession

1st Edition

A Practical Guide for Career Development

Author: Sandi Davies
Paperback ISBN: 9780128038178
eBook ISBN: 9780128038888
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 13th September 2016
Page Count: 314
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Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide for Career Development is a resource for women considering a career in security, or for those seeking to advance to its highest levels of management. It provides a historical perspective on how women have evolved in the industry, as well as providing real-world tips and insights on how they can help shape its future.

The comprehensive text helps women navigate their security careers, providing information on the educational requirements necessary to secure the wide-ranging positions in today’s security field. Women in the Security Profession describes available development opportunities, offering guidance from experienced women professionals who have risen through the ranks of different security sectors.

Key Features

  • Features career profiles and case studies, including interviews with women in the industry, providing a deeper dive inside some exciting and rewarding careers in security
  • Provides a history of women in security, and an exploration of both current and expected trends
  • Offers experienced advice on how to resolve specific biases and issues relating to gender


Physical and Information Corporate Security Managers, Supervisors, Executives, and other Practitioners. Security Management students

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Foreword: From a Man’s Perspective
    • 1950’s–1960’s
    • This 21st Century
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Women and Power
    • Culture Shock Continued
    • Recommend
    • Mentors
  • Chapter 1. History of Women in Security
    • Abstract
    • Early History
    • Modern Times
    • Upper Management
  • Chapter 2. Managing and Escaping Stereotypes and Obstacles
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • What are Stereotypes?
    • What is Problematic About Stereotypes and Biases?
    • Gender Bias
    • Gender Discrimination
    • Female Bias Against Other Females
    • The Security Front … Moving Toward Equality
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Financial/Banking Security
  • Chapter 3. Specific Gender Differences: The Practical Value of Diversity
    • Abstract
    • Women in Security: The Historical Perspective
    • Gender Differences Versus Contemporary Security Competences
    • Women in the Security Industry: Trends and Challenges
    • Setting the Stage
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Transport—Rail, Marine, and Air
  • Chapter 4. Transitioning from the Military to Security
    • Abstract
    • The Army
    • The Female Service Member
    • The Security Industry
    • Defense Contractors for the US Government
    • Contract Guard Companies
    • Corporate Security
    • Information Security
    • Security Sales
    • Security Integrators
    • Security Companies that Sell Goods and Services to the US Government
    • Network, Network, Network
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Emergency Communications Center
    • Abstract
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Corporate Security/In-House Security
  • Chapter 6. High-Rise Building Security
    • Abstract
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Contract Security
  • Chapter 7. How Women Can Succeed in the Security Industry?
    • Abstract
    • Education and Training
    • Find a Mentor
    • Professionalism
    • Confidence
    • Summary
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Healthcare Service Sector
  • Chapter 8. The Power of Certification
    • Abstract
    • Professional Certifications: Milestones of Professionalism
    • Success Through Certification
  • Chapter 9. Education and Career Advancement
    • Abstract
    • Education Options
    • Online and In-Person Courses
    • A Faster Path to a Degree
    • Paying for Education
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Information Security, Information Technology Security, and Cybersecurity
    • References
  • Chapter 10. Keys to a Successful Career as an Investigator
    • Abstract
    • References
  • Chapter 11. Opportunities and Obstacles for Women in Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Industry Specific Q&A: School/Campus Security
  • Chapter 12. Security and Human Rights
    • Abstract
    • Context
    • Corporate Application
    • Support from Public Security Forces
    • Conflict Prevention Approach
    • Conclusion
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Privacy, Data Protection, and Personal Information
  • Chapter 13. Women in Personal Protection
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • History
    • Women in PP
    • Recommendations
    • References
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Personal Protection
  • Chapter 14. The Current Role of Women in Security
    • Abstract
    • We Have Come a Long Way
    • Our Support Infrastructure
    • Projections
    • Debunking the Limitations of Women in Security
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Residential Security Sector
  • Chapter 15. The Female Security Consultant
    • Abstract
    • Consultare
    • Conclusion
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Defense and Government Security
  • Chapter 16. Transitioning from Law Enforcement to the Security Industry
    • Abstract
    • From the Present State
    • Looking at End-State Objectives
    • Process—How to Get There?
    • Stepping Out
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Security Risk Assessments—Physical Security Program
  • Chapter 17. International Security
    • Abstract
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Chapter 18. Owning and Operating a Successful Contract Security Business: Challenges and Obstacles
    • Abstract
    • Avoid a Postmortem Check
    • Compliance Metrics
    • Aha Moment: Looking in All the Wrong Places
    • How to Build a Pipeline
    • The Differentiator A/K/A Your “Sweet Spot”
    • Heavy Lifting Without Equipment
    • Conclusion
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Loss Prevention/Retail Security
  • Chapter 19. How to Achieve Success in a Predominately Male World
    • Abstract
    • Play to Your Strengths
    • Use Discrimination as a Motivator
    • Work Hard and Smart
    • Help the Next Person Along
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Cultural Properties
  • Chapter 20. Women in Supervisory Roles
    • Abstract
    • Women in the Role of Security Supervisor
    • Reference
  • Industry Specific Q&A: Event Security
  • Chapter 21. The Future of Women in Security
    • Abstract
    • Developing a Strategy for Success
    • The Security Industry
    • Professionalism
    • Workplace Bullying
    • Women in the Security Profession
    • Education and Professional Development
    • Industry Experience
    • Membership in ASIS International
    • Professional Certifications
    • Networking
    • The Value of Networking
    • Mentoring
    • Success in the Security Industry
  • Disjointed Thoughts of a Female Private Investigator
  • 30 Tips for Women in the Security Profession – A Collection
  • Women in the Security Profession – Quotes of Interest
  • Index


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About the Author

Sandi Davies

Sandi J Davies has served as the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) for more than 25 years. She is the former Chairperson of the Security Services Council for ASIS International, and is currently a member of the Security Services Council and the Women In Security Council of ASIS International. Sandi has edited eight editions of The Professional Protection Officer, as well as all four editions of Security Supervision: Theory and Practice of Asset Protection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)


"Women in the Security Profession, 1st Edition - A Practical Guide for Career Development is a much-needed book filled with a tremendous amount of practical information, that is not just applicable for women, but for anyone (male or female) who is already working in the security industry and wants to advance their career or for anyone who is considering a career in the security industry." --International Foundation for Protection Officers

"This book is an excellent reference for women considering a career in security, but it’s also a useful text for anyone who is curious to understand how women fit into the male-dominated security profession." --Security Management

"A book largely written by women is not intended solely for them. The other sex can learn a lot about career development from the contributors. A Q&A feature permits many contributors to write candidly about their experiences...This book makes the pathway clear for vocational advancement." --Security Letter

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