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ASIS International Releases Resources for Protecting Soft Targets Worldwide

Alexandria, Va. 2015-12-02

ASIS International (ASIS) has made available a collection of resources to help ensure security professionals worldwide will have the knowledge and proven strategies to protect crowds of people assembled in soft targets, or traditionally open public forums. All resources are available for free download from the ASIS website. ASIS is the leading organization for security professionals worldwide.

“It is a critical time in our history as our members and other security professionals around the world face unprecedented, unprovoked terrorist threats,” stated ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP. “With our large and diverse information repository and network of security experts, ASIS can provide a single point of access to a vast spectrum of topical, timely resources for security professionals who are on the frontline.”

The following free resources are available on

Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack

Recorded webinar, October 2015

Securing Soft Targets

Education session from ASIS 2015

Dynamically Securing Cultural Heritage

Article from Security Management, March 2014

Target Hardening Suggestions

Compiled by the ASIS Cultural Properties Council

Deterring and Mitigating Attack

Selection from Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack
(Recipient of the ASIS International 2015 Security Book of the Year Award)

Security and Crime Prevention Planning; Robbery; Disruptive Incidents: Protestors and Bombs

Selections from Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship, Second Edition

Model Event Security Plan

Appendix A, Protection of Assets: Applications

Sources of Information on Protecting Soft Targets

ASIS IRC Reference Guide

These resources are featured in Security Spotlight, an online monthly offering of information resources focused on a specific topic in security management. Content is drawn from across the full spectrum of ASIS’ curated repository of information, which includes Security Management magazine, research, standards, white papers, education sessions and industry best practices. A portion of resources are available for free each month to nonmembers. ASIS members receive unlimited access to all resources.

To learn more about ASIS membership, visit the ASIS website. 

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ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Roundtable for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.