2022 Emergent Security Threats: What Leaders Need to Know

Recorded 1 March 2022

Emergent security threats are evolving constantly. 2022 has brought no shortage of potential threat actors who will exploit any perceived vulnerability to their desired end. Soft target attacks have climbed steadily in number and scale of violence. Violent crime is up in many major cities, sometimes linked to civil unrest and organized retail crimes.

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Domestic terror groups, violent crimes, lone actors, and insiders have various tactics and goals, all of which create unique challenges for security organizations.

With this complex threat landscape, security teams must remain aware of the latest trends in emergent threats so they can proactively mitigate risk and understand how to address these threats.

Join us for this fast-paced briefing on the top emergent security threats for 2022. We’ll provide up-to-the-minute information to security leaders, managers, operators, and analysts so they can better assess vulnerabilities and develop a targeted security plan for their facilities and event venues.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the human factor in security and how complacency, denial, distraction, radicalization et al behaviors of the citizenry impact safety and security
  • Understand current threats from international and domestic terror groups, based on FBI and DHS assessments
  • Explore emergent threats and plots, such as the targeting of first responders and use of human shields
  • Understand the vulnerability of soft targets and why they are attractive to bad actors
  • Receive targeted recommendations and asymmetric hardening tactics to reduce vulnerabilities

Our Presenter

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Dr. Jennifer Hesterman is a retired Air Force colonel who served in three Pentagon tours and commanded in the field multiple times. Her final assignment was Vice Commander, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, where she led installation security and protection of Air Force One, force support, and the 1st Helicopter Squadron. She regularly met and escorted the President and other heads of state on the airfield. She is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service medal with 5 oak leaf clusters and the Global War on Terrorism medal, among others.

An expert in extremist indoctrination/radicalization and soft target hardening, she is presently Vice President at Watermark Risk Management International and instructs graduate-level security courses for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. She also advises the Homeland Security Training Institute at the College of DuPage and the Crisis Response Journal.

Dr. Hesterman is a highly regarded consultant and trainer, supporting the DHS, the FBI, DoD, US Secret Service, the Department of Transportation, state and local law enforcement, Fortune 100s, Major League Baseball and soft target locations and mass gathering events.

She holds a doctoral degree from Benedictine University, Master of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Air University, and a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University. She was a National Defense Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; is an alumnus of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program and was a fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.

An academic author for Taylor & Francis Group, her book Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack was the ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year for 2015. The second edition received the same honors in 2019, and was the Social Sciences Book of the Year for Taylor & Francis. She also authored Soft Target Crisis Management (2016) and The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus (2013) and published 32 articles in a variety of journals and security magazines.

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