The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released its new Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places–Resource Guide. It provides information on a wide range of free capabilities available via CISA that can be incorporated into the security practices of organizations of all sizes, not just soft targets and crowded places.
Brian Harrell, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, says, "Soft targets and crowded places—a term more recently used—are typically defined as locations or environments that are easily accessible, attract large numbers of people on a predictable or semi-predictable basis, and may be vulnerable to attacks using simple tactics and readily available weapons. CISA works with stakeholders to increase security and reduce the risk of a successful attack-or, for those that do occur, limit the impacts to life and property."
The resource provides guidance on how to identify suspicious behaviors, protect against unmanned aircraft systems, prepare and respond to active assailants and prevent and respond to active bomb threats. For governments and first responders, it provides guidance on how to protect, screen and allow access to facilities, prepare and respond to active assailants, prevent and respond to bombings and protect and guard against unmanned aircraft systems. In the "Responding to Active Assailants" resources, there are guides available on security awareness for active shooters, mass gatherings, chemical attacks, fire as a weapon and vehicle ramming.
It also provides links to fact sheets, guides, informational materials, in-person and online training and other education resources.