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3 - Day Courses 

  • Designing Secure Buildings: Integrating Security Technologies

    A three day course designed to familiarize students with design principles used in preventing and detecting criminal activity and reducing the effects of terrorist attack on the safety of personnel and damage to facilities and critical infrastructure. Students will learn to use Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to control the exterior of the facility while applying 5 basic strategies to the inhabited space. Specific modules include; Terrorism Ideologies, Security Basics, Philosophies and Design Strategies, Blast Fundamentals, Glazing and Window Systems, Lighting, Vehicle Barrier Selection, Electronic Security System, Perimeter Security, Next Generation Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Preserving Historical Buildings. This class concludes with a practical exercise which allows students to work together using the principles and concepts they’ve just learned.

  • Access Control Concepts and Entry Control Facility (ECF) Design

    Similar to the Maintaining Control Workshop conducted by the US Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Traffic Engineering Agency, this class is intended for government, military and contractor SECURITY or ENGINEERING personnel involved in designing entry control facilities.  The curriculum focuses on the design features required for the effective and efficient operation of access control points at installation perimeters and controlled areas from a security design perspective. The curriculum includes, classification and usage, barrier selection, effective use of lighting and cameras, design philosophies, vehicle inspection and rejection capabilities, guard protection, visitor control centers, traffic control and geometric roadway design, electrical power and IT requirements.

  • Planning Electronic Security Systems (ESS) for Buildings and Compounds

    This course was developed with the asset owner in mind.  Students will learn how to design CCTV systems for different types of secure areas, compounds and installations. Students will be able to design their own intrusion detection (IDS) and access control systems (ACS) for sensitive compartmented Information facilities (SCIF) and secure vaults, limited access or controlled areas, and high value storage areas. Students will ultimately combine camera systems with video analytics, with ACS and IDS.  This very interactive course has numerous case studies built into the curriculum that promote the understanding of ESS fundamentals.  Student will be able to implement ESS principles in designing and overseeing construction of a comprehensive and integrated ESS system.

  • ICD-705 Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) Design & Construction

    After attending this unclassified class, students will be able to oversee design and construction of a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) which meets official government requirements for a secure area where classified information is handled. The stringent physical security requirements; such as, access control systems, thickness of doors, the strength of concrete and the use of alarms, and acoustical controls which prevent eavesdropping, information exposure or “jamming”, and surveillance prevention will be discussed. The use of electronic media within the facility will also be explored.

    Enrollment restrictions apply.

  • UFC – Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for DOD Buildings

    This course is available to all Federal, State, local government and private sector SECURITY and ENGINEERING professionals. While the course focuses on securing DOD assets, the concepts learned are prudent and applicable in reducing the criminal and terrorist threat to non-DOD buildings, as well.  Contractors and consultants seeking construction contracts with the Department of Defense will attend this course. The course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of Security Engineering and antiterrorism related to protecting critical facilities from common criminals and acts of terrorism. Much of the course is dedicated to understanding and applying updated Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) and other current supporting security and antiterrorism related documents.  Fulfills DOD Security Engineering Training requirements (DOD VA BENCHMARK PS-21) 

  • Security Criteria Development: Exceeding DHS Guidelines

    This course  focuses on writing criteria for antiterrorism, continuity-of-operations (COOP) and resiliency, information security, physical security, operational security plans and operating procedures to meet Federal, State and local government requirements. What should be included in each type of plan is discussed in detail. Students will learn how to translate company policy into the five functional areas of every good plan. They will also learn how to integrate security into every facet of an organization’s operation and create a “culture of security” that promotes safety and the well being of personnel.  Students will take home templates for AT, INFO, PHY SEC, COOP and OPSEC plans that they have worked on in-class.

     

  • Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Analysis Methodologies

    Students will learn the difference between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. They will use a variety of methodologies (including MSHARPP & SME3R [asset owner's point of view], CARVER [aggressor's point of view],  ABRA [combination] & CAIRA [analysis of energy systems supporting critical assets]) to evaluate single or multiple buildings and critical infrastructure nodes. This class is very “hands-on” with numerous field exercises assessing lighting, electric systems, drinking water, perimeter.  They will be able to write a comprehensive report detailing their findings in a clear and concise manner, so that decision makers can allocate funding and resources effectively.

  • Drills and Exercise Planning and Development

    Geared for those who must evaluate training plans, drills and other operational factors during extreme conditions. A series of table-top and field evaluations are designed and tested. Exposes students to DOD Combat Training type stress.  Upon completion student will be able to design, development and conduct live, virtual and constructive (LVC) drills and exercises that conform to the Post Katrina Management Reform Act (Public Law 109-29, Oct 4, 2006).  If you are just checking the box for compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) then this class is not for you.  If, on the other hand, you want to exceed CFR requirements then you should attend. 

     

  • B.L.A.C.K.

    We harness the tremendous experience the Dutch Armed Forces have gained in volatile conflict areas, like Iraq and Afghanistan. Known for their approach to “peacekeeping” the Dutch military has earned enormous respect for their pragmatic, consensus approach and their ability to win ‘the hearts and minds’ in these hostile areas. Through their military backgrounds, B.L.A.C.K. instructors bring out the best in mid-level and senior management leadership skills. Recent participates in this “non-aggressive/non-escalating tactics” approach have been military personnel, local security and law enforcement, guard service companies and foreign military. B.L.A.C.K. customers learn and perfect skills in conflict management using the latest leadership, protection and analysis techniques Spring 2017.

  • Simulated Crisis Management Response Tool (SCMaRT)

    Using the latest technology, individuals and groups practice and improve their security procedures, search & surveillance techniques and handling of crisis situations. In an extremely realistic virtual environment, scenario’s; such as, terrorist attacks, aircraft crashes, passport control and building inspections can be simulated. In this way, participants can practice and validate their communication plans, procedures and processes without having to leave the classroom or putting lives at stake during real world situations. The environment used by SCMaRT, is also used by many police, emergency services and rapid response units around the world. The training is coordinated simultaneously through the European Simulation and Validation Center (ESVC) in Delft, The Netherlands. Spring 2017. By request only

2 - Day Courses 

  • Protecting Personnel, Facilities and Information

    This course has been especially developed for the decision makers, so that they can formulate policy that translates into plans and procedures that provide for the safety and well-being of personnel. Course curriculum focuses on protecting personnel, the facilities they work in and the information systems they use. Students will learn what constitutes suspicious behavior, how and what to report, Counter-surveillance techniques, what actions to take in case they are involved in an active shooter situation using RUN-HIDE-FIGHT philosophies, protecting sensitive information and mail handling procedures. Other modules include; Basic Security Techniques, Conducting Vulnerability and Risk Analysis, Controlling the Environment to Prevent Crime, Facility and Perimeter Access Control, The Next Generation Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

  • Security Lighting: Influencing Positive Behavior 

    This class examines the relationships between theory, energy conservation, and social and environmental factors for man-made and natural light applications. Two full days focus on the effective use of lighting the environment to augment other forms of security technology. The effects of light on human physiological and psychological behavior are discussed in detail.

  • Inhabited Space: Creating Crime Free Zones

    This 2-day course explores principles developed over the last twenty years in the “social behavior” arena. The same concepts that effect positive social engineering are duplicated in designing inhabited spaces to cause people to do what you want them to do. Students will learn to design “from the curb inward” and incorporate overlapping threat prevention principles, including CPTED and others. We also look at crime and terrorist activity and their causes and how they affect design.

1 - Day Courses 

  • UFC – Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for DOD Buildings (Refresher)

    This class is for personnel who have previously attended either the Security Engineering Training Course or the Antiterrorism Force Protection Workshop, conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Command, respectively. This one day workshop is designed to cover changes to the standards outlined in UFC 04-010-01, UFC – Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for DOD Buildings and other pertinent guidance and is geared for the architect, engineer, planner and security professional. Only students who have attended one of the Army or Navy courses mentioned above will be allowed to sign-up. We highly recommend attending this “refresher/advanced” workshop if your certificate of training is more than three years old. Fulfills DOD Security Engineering Training requirements (DOD VA BENCHMARK PS-21).

  • Safe Room & Shelter Design and Engineering

    A safe-room is a structure or protected area, that provides protection from man-made or natural threats, for both short and long periods of time. It usually serves as a fall back position in case of emergencies. Effective design components; i.e., air requirements and waste management, capacity limits, use of electronic media and other technologies will be examined in detail.

  • Protecting Personal Information (PII) in the Digital Age

    This class addresses information handling and password management, social media vulnerabilities, data protection, cryptography, UNIX and WINDOWS Server Security. Student will learn how to ensure information is protected using the principles of “Power over Ethernet (PoE)”. They will also learn how to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment and how to protect personal identity information (PII) in compliance with federal law.

  • Security Concepts for Decision Makers

    After attending this course business owners will be able to determine what types of criminal activity they are vulnerable to and how to avoid costly ineffective countermeasures that don’t reduce their risks. They will learn "non-aggressive" security concepts and solutions that are cost effective including low-cost remedies, such as, merely rearranging merchandise on the shelf and displays to changing the traffic flow within the store to moving the cashier register location. Attendees will also use a self-assessment tool in class to assess their own business.   They will also be able to determine if they need a CCTV system, what kind to get and questions to ask the salesman. Cyber-crime and credit card fraud will also be discussed.

     

  • IT Sustainability and Disaster Recovery

    Disaster Recovery refers to the process, policies and procedures related to ensuring the resilience of technology infrastructure, including speedy and effective recovery / restoration of technology after a disaster or disruption. This course focuses on creating a sustainable IT environment within the corporate framework. Most companies cannot survive a catastrophic failure of their IT system – learn how to protect yours. Myths and misconceptions about new technology will be discussed.

  • Using Building Design to Reduce the Effects of Terrorist Attack

    Based on the assumption that preventive measures must be in place to be effective, students learn 25 mitigation strategies that when successfully applied reduce the impact of terrorist attack. We examine the current state of terrorism in the United States, its evolving nature and the future use of weapons of mass destruction. A variety of options are explored for addressing the most common man-made threats we face today and for the foreseeable future. Student develop skills for planning exterior and interior inhabited spaces as there is the move to make buildings, neighborhoods and cities safe and smart.

    Is it possible that current design and response principles are actually adding to the mass casualty count?

4 - Hour Classes 

  • Active Shooter Mitigation and Response Training (Antiterrorism Skills for Employees)

    This course has been especially designed with the employee in mind.  Today's terrorist threat, what constitutes suspicious behavior, what to report and how to report it to authorities, techniques in counter-surveillance, emergency and evacuation procedures, the do's and don't during a bomb threat, sheltering-in-place using the Run-Hide-Fight methodology for survival during an active shooter event and mail handling procedures will all be covered. This four hour workshop is presented in such a positive manner that personnel will want to share what they've learned with loved ones.

    (Minimum 20 students)

  • Adding Antiterrorism to Your Security Posture

    The face of terrorism is changing and so should our approach to reduce its effects. This 4-hour workshop explores emerging trends and the possibility of extending Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) beyond the current four principles. We define another 21 strategies that specifically address a variety of terrorist tactics; i.e., active shooters, bombings (vehicle and handheld), kidnapping and others.

  • Beyond Protecting the “C” Suite: Safe-havens

    We outline trends in the trans-national and domestic terrorist threat arenas and how they relate to the protection of the “C” Suite. We firmly believe other high occupancy spaces; i.e., retail centers, hospital waiting rooms, airport gate areas, schools, etc. deserve this type of protection, too. We’ll exchange ideas on how to incorporate sound security principles into corporate culture thereby reducing risks to personnel and facilities. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

  • Hiding Security in Plain Sight

    This workshop is based on the premise that future buildings will be “Smart”. They will include a variety of IoT connect devices that make them “efficient”. We take this idea a step further and explore how to use building design, including interior design, to create inhabited spaces where people feel comfortable and safe. By adding the concepts discussed in this workshop the public will use the space because there’s an atmosphere of safety and not that of a police state.

2 - Hour Classes 

  • Senior Citizen Security Awareness

    Crime and the fear of crime creates special problems for the elderly. Knowing what to do to minimize the chances of becoming a victim of crime is crucial. Crime Prevention is everyone’s responsibility not just that of Law Enforcement. The workshops educates seniors on how to watch out for “red flags” which are the precursors to criminal activity. This program is designed to help the entire community gain confidence in their ability to protect themselves and the things they value.

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  • Terrorism Against the United States – Why it Works

    Several terrorist incidents affecting the United States over the last 40 years are examined. The circumstances that lead to their occurrence, the dynamics of the event itself and the results, intended or otherwise, will be discussed. Personal anecdotes about the Beirut Marine Barracks and Oklahoma City bombings and the USS Cole attack will be offered.

  • Travel Security – Conscientiousness without the Paranoia

    This presentation is designed to increase awareness of the terrorism threat; thereby, improving your ability to apply personal protective measures while traveling.  It focuses specifically on; understanding the current terrorist threat, understanding how to employ situation-based measures to lower your vulnerability, recognizing proper responses to threat actions and protecting yourself from becoming a victim of a terrorist attack.

  • Women's Empowerment Training

     The possibility of becoming a victim of sexual assault or rape is ever present in a woman's daily life.  Merely, condemning this behavior, passing legislation and arresting the perpetrators will not end the cycle.  Women's Empowerment Training takes the approach that prevention is 75% psychological (mental preparation) and 25% physical (ability to respond).  During this interactive scenario based workshop, women will learn how to assess their environment and project confident body language that let's would be aggressors know they are not an easy target.  Students will also learn how to react by using powerful physical defense techniques that will work on any criminal.

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