In April of 2019, The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource Guide. Soft targets and crowded places are any easily accessible, public areas such as malls, houses of worship, and event venues that consistently attract large crowds and are susceptible to unsophisticated attacks.
Separated into three parts, Resource Matrix, Resource Descriptions and Links, and Contacts, the Guide contains tools and resources for identifying suspicious behavior, screening access to facilities, protecting against unmanned aircraft systems, and preparing and responding to active assailants and bombings for the general public, businesses, the government, and first responders.
The Guide intends to raise awareness among the private and public sectors of the risks associated with soft targets and crowded places, and to be used as a quick-access resource for preemptive security protocol, prevention and response to a variety of different terrorism scenarios, and contact information for safety training organizations.
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Author: Emily Bruza