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Featured Resources: Soft Target, Active Shooter

A Look into the New Workplace Violence and Active Assailant Standard: Prevention, Intervention, Response


All organizations have a responsibility to protect employees and others by taking measures to detect threats of violence, intervene through incident management, and mitigate consequences should violence erupt. This on-demand webinar, held on 30 June 2020, provides an overview of the newly revised standard, which includes guidance that specifically addresses active assailant prevention, intervention, and response.

New Standard: Workplace Violence and Active Assailant – Prevention, Intervention, and Response

This standard, newly revised in 2020, provides an overview of policies, processes, and protocols that organizations can adopt to help prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace and better respond to and resolve security incidents.

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Protecting Soft Targets without Hindering Culture

How do you protect a soft target—a restaurant, a museum, a park, or a city street—without taking away from its beauty, cultural value, or intended use? Read this Security Management Online article from October 2019 for ideas, tips, and guidance.

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Additional Soft Target and Active Shooter Resources

School Security

Please see the School Safety and Security page.

Soft Targets

Soft Targets: Using Lessons Learned from High-Profile Incidents to Improve Prevention and Protection Through Public-Private Partnership
Conference Session
Learn the key role partnerships play and how they are helping to shape improvements in the security of soft targets from real case studies.
2019 ASIS Europe, ASIS members only.

The Emotional Traps of Soft Target Security
Article
There are five emotional traps in soft target security: hopelessness, infallibility, inescapability, invulnerability, inevitability. These beliefs, even if subconscious, can sabotage security efforts.
Security Management, September 2019.

Soft Targets, Hard Challenges
Article
Soft targets remain difficult to defend. Catalyzed by the Las Vegas shooting, the U.S. Government is promoting soft target resources to the public.
Security Management, September 2018.

Soft Targets: A Conversation
Podcast
An expanded conversation with expert and author Jennifer Hesterman, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, on soft targets, ISIS, the Brussels and Paris attacks, and how individuals can take a proactive approach to their own security.
Security Management Highlights Podcast, April 2016.

Training and Preparedness

Can We Reliably Prevent the Next Workplace/School Shooting?
Webinar
The key to preventing the next active shooter is the ability to reliably identify individuals on the path to violence.
On Demand Webinar, fee and registration required.

Workplace Violence, Active Shooter Preparedness for Managers
Webinar
This is a comprehensive presentation which focuses on management, both with respect to facilitating workplace violence prevention and managing the aftermath of an incident.
On-Demand Webinar, fee and registration required.

Putting Multi-Option Active Assailant Response to the Test
Article
Chronicles one of the first attempts to empirically study active assailant response strategies.
Security Management, October 2019.

Retailers Prepare for Active Assailants
Article
After the 2007 Trolley Square Mall shooting, retailers planted the seed for DHS’s active shooter preparedness tools. Now, they strive for a more tailored approach to emergency management.
Security Management, July 2019.

Workplace Layouts in the Era of Armed Assailants
Webcast
This webinar discusses a risk-based, analytical approach that will help designers and security practitioners understand likely egress choke points, compare potential floor plan layouts, and select an optimal layout to help occupants survive an attack.
On-demand webinar, free, registration required.

Out in the Open: The Security Challenge of New Office Spaces
Article
Open-concept office spaces are on the rise. The safety and security challenges they present are significant.
Security Management, February 2019

Newsroom Shooting Highlights Challenges of Securing Open Offices
Article
An open office environment and a barricaded exit made it impossible for Capital Gazette employees to flee an active shooter.
Security Management Online, June 2018.

ASIS Physical Security Council Reacts to YouTube Shooting
Article
The ability of the shooter to gain access to YouTube’s office courtyard via the parking garage raises questions about the building's physical security.
Security Management Online, April 2018.

Put Training to the Test
Article
In the wake of high-profile massacres at schools and college campuses, institutions are preparing themselves for the emergency situations with scenario-based training programs.
Security Management, January 2018.

Response and Recovery

Recovery for the Unthinkable Crisis Starts Today: 5 Key Steps
Webinar
What your organization does in the first critical moments, minutes or first hour of a crisis or event will shape the outcome forever. Response to and recovery from an incident, active assailant, act of terrorism, natural disaster requires a culture of preparedness and inclusion of the entire facility or organization in related activities.
On-Demand Webinar, free, registration required.

School Security After Parkland
Podcast
A year after the Parkland shooting, school security remains an ongoing challenge that can’t be solved with legislation and technology alone, says Jason Destein, chairman of the ASIS International School Safety and Security Council who is interviewed in the podcast.
Security Management Highlights Podcast, April 2019.

Contingency & Business Continuity Planning to Survive Active Shooter Incidents
Webinar
Presents the policies, procedures, and protocols that need to be in place before workplace violence or active shooter incidents happen.
On-demand webinar, fee and registration required

Behavioral Responses to Attacks
Podcast and article
Steve Crimando, principal at Behavioral Science Applications, explains in an interview how practitioners can anticipate emotional and behavioral responses to attacks to effectively manage recovery. The article on this topic, "A Psychological Price," can be found in the July issue of Security Management.
Security Management, July 2019

The Emotional Traps of Soft Target Security
Article
After mass shootings, bombings, cyberattacks, and more, is security fatigue starting to take its toll?
Security Management, September 2019

Creating a New Culture in Response and Recovery
ASIS 2017 recorded session
What your organization does in the first hour of a crisis or event will shape the outcome forever. Response to and recovery from an incident, active assailant, act of terrorism, natural disaster requires a culture of preparedness and inclusion of the entire facility or organization in related activities.
On-demand education, free

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