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Protecting Houses of Worship

Evolving Threats in an Ever-Changing Landscape

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Acts of domestic terrorism are again in the headlines, starkly confronting us with the relentless growth of violence against ordinary citizens who are targeted for practicing their religion.

On November 27, ASIS International will present a webinar open to the global community of security practitioners to briefly assess the facts at hand and consider the ramifications of this escalating violence.

Drawing expertise from nationally recognized professionals charged with the security of religious institutions and facilities. The event will include a brief on some of the best practices for protecting congregations and discussion of available resources that go deeper into the core security principles, current technologies, and processes unique to the mission and environment of these institutions and facilities.   

Key takeaways will include:

  • Rapidly evolving threat landscape for houses of worship
  • Key factors in preparedness, mitigation, and response
  • Resources for guiding security planning for houses of worship
  • Responding locally in the global context


Paul Goldenberg, Senior Fellow, Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection & Resilience

Mr. Goldenberg is President and CEO of Cardinal Point Strategies and is currently serving his third term as a senior member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Where he currently chairs the DHS State and Local Cyber Security Task Force. He previously served as Vice Chair of Departments Faith-Based Security Committee and as Chair of the DHS Foreign Fighter Task Force.

Jim McGuffey, M.A. CPP, PSP, PCI, ARVP, ASIS International

Jim McGuffey, M.A., CPP, PCI, PSP has been an ASIS member since 1981 having served as Chapter Chair, HOW Committee Chair, ARVP Group 4B, past member of the Physical Security Council and current member on Cultural Properties Council. He has 50 years of experience in law-enforcement, military and the private sector, retiring as RVP/Director Brink’s. Jim now works as a private security contractor vetted by the Department of State serving as a lead instructor, training law enforcement in Critical Security Infrastructure & Resilience, Protecting Soft Targets, Surveillance Detection and Preventing Terrorist Attacks Against Bus and Railway Systems in Afghanistan, Egypt, Columbia, Jordan, Mexico, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, India, Yemen, Libya and Saudi Arabia Kingdom.

Doug Meacham

Chair, Houses of Worship Committee, ASIS International Cultural Properties Council
ASIS International