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Soft Target & Active Shooter

Featured Resources: Soft Target, Active Shooter

Standard on Workplace Violence and Active Assailant: Prevention, Intervention and Response

This ASIS Standard provides an overview of policies, processes, and protocols that organizations can adopt to help identify, assess, respond to, and mitigate threatening or intimidating behavior and violence. In addition, the new edition of the Standard includes an annex that provides actionable information and guidance related to prevention, intervention, and response to active assailant incidents. The Standard is available for free to ASIS members as an eBook.

Mitigating Rising Risks for High-Rises

The likely evolution to threats to high-rise buildings is expected to continue featuring active shooters and explosive devices, as well as the introduction of viral pathogens as weapons.

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Tipping Point: Keys to Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Violence Prevention Program

In this webinar, presenters will explain how COVID-19, remote work, social divisions, and other factors triggered record violence and what potential liability an organization faces without a violence prevention program in place.


Additional Soft Target and Active Shooter Resources

School Security

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Soft Targets

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?
Security Management, October 2019

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
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
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
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

The Active Shooter That Wasn’t
A hospital relies on a strong, holistic security approach—and a little luck—to thwart a would-be shooter. Here are lessons learned from the experience.
Security Management, November/December 2021

Breaking the Silence: Encouraging Domestic Abuse Reporting
The more personal a problem is, the less willing people are to report it. But when domestic abuse threatens to escalate into workplace violence, early warning is essential.
Security Management, May 2020

A Look Into the New Workplace Violence and Active Assailant Standard: Prevention, Intervention, and Response
This on-demand webinar provides an overview of the newly revised ASIS Workplace Violence and Active Assailant Standard, which includes guidance that specifically addresses active assailant prevention, intervention, and response.
On-demand webinar, free, registration required

Can We Reliably Prevent the Next Workplace/School Shooting?
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
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
Chronicles one of the first attempts to empirically study active assailant response strategies.
Security Management, October 2019.

Retailers Prepare for Active Assailants
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
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
Open-concept office spaces are on the rise. The safety and security challenges they present are significant.
Security Management, February 2019

Put Training to the Test
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

How to Better Initiate a Lockdown
Case Study
Jericho Union School District in Long Island, New York, adopts a solution to improve its security and enhance its lockdown process.
Security Management, September 2020

School Security After Parkland
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
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
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