CIS Trains European Parliament Security Professionals

CIS Trains European Parliament Security Professionals

On 23 September, 16 security professionals from the European Parliament joined the ranks our global community of Anti-Terrorism Officer program graduates. The program was presented through our sister company, the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute, by CIS VP of Special Projects Craig Gundry.

To those who attended, it was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to meeting your colleagues during our next session!

Normally we post a class photo to honor the graduates of our public programs, but for obvious reasons that would be inappropriate for this group. Instead we’ll settle for a pic of a happy instructor thankful to return to one of his favorite cities to teach an amazing group of professionals.

To others interested in the S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer program, we are working on a schedule of public courses for 2023. In the meantime, a new distance learning version is available through the S2 web site.

School Safety & Security for Parents

School Safety & Security for Parents

Are you one of the many parents today wondering about the safety of your child’s school? If so, the following video was made specifically for you.

On August 3, CIS presented a one-hour webinar exploring common questions parents have about school security and how everyone can contribute to creating safer school communities. Some of the topics include:

    • Is my child’s school safe? (Indicators of a safe school observable by parents)
    • Recognizing and reporting behavior of concern
    • Is my child a possible threat?
    • Understanding school reunification

See also our Expert Insights Blog for more information about school security topics.

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Attorneyatwork Interviews CIS about Security Matters and The Legal Profession

Attorneyatwork Interviews CIS about Security Matters and The Legal Profession

In response to recent increases in violence against legal professionals, lawyer and writer Ruth Carter interviewed CIS VP Craig Gundry about the threat landscape associated with the legal profession and practical measures for reducing risks of targeted violence.

In many interviews we provide for the media, our insight and advice is compressed into short sound bites suitable for TV. This interview was unique. Aside from Ruth’s excellent questions, the interview format allowed us to develop the subject in a very substantive way.

Ruth’s article is available online: Predicting and Protecting Yourself Against Violence: Interview With Craig Gundry, by Ruth Carter

Facility Preparation and The Active Shooter Threat Webinar

Facility Security & The Active Shooter Threat

Facility Preparation and The Active Shooter Threat Webinar

Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s webinar, Facility Preparation & The Active Shooter Threat. We hope you got some useful information from the program.  
Following is a video for those who were unable to attend or wish to view the program again.


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Upcoming Webinar : Facility Preparation and The Active Shooter Threat

Upcoming Webinar : Facility Preparation and The Active Shooter Threat

On Tuesday, 18 May 2021, Critical Intervention Services and Workplace Violence Today magazine will host a free 90-minute webinar on facility security planning and preparation for active shooter violence.

This informative seminar is designed to provide security professionals and business managers with an understanding of the dynamics of active shooter events and effective measures for protecting employees and the public when mass violence erupts.

The webinar will be presented using the Zoom video conferencing system.

Topics include: Physical Security & Active Shooter Attacks | Protective Design Principles | Attack Detection & Reporting | Barrier Construction & Specification | Secure Entrance Design | Access Control Design & Lockdown Planning | Safe Refuge Rooms | Emergency Communications Infrastructure | Egress Design | Security Force Capabilities & Deployment | Q&A

Use the following link to register for the event:

Protecting Facilities Against Violent Intrusion Webinar

Protecting Facilities Against Violent Intrusion Webinar

Thanks to all who attended the our recent Protecting Facilities Against Violent Intrusion webinar. We were delighted to by both the amazing turnout (over 500 professionals!) and the enthusiastic feedback. We hope we’ll see you again soon in an upcoming course.

For those unaware of the event, the webinar was presented in response to the 2021 Capitol Hill Riot and delivered on 23 February 2021 for a diverse audience of security professionals, and repeated on 25 February 2021 for a mixed group of ASIS International chapters in India. The 1.45 hour program focused on physical security design and emergency preparations for mitigating risks of armed attack and mob invasion.

If you missed the event, no worries. The video is posted below.

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CIS Assists United Women Singapore’s GenSafe Workplaces Program

CIS Assists United Women Singapore’s GenSafe Workplaces Program

On January 19, S2 had the honor of participating as speakers for United Women Singapore’s GenSafe Workplaces program. The one-hour program was designed to educate participants on strategies and practices for reducing risks of workplace violence and managing threatening behavior in the workplace.
United Women Singapore (UWS) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality, and building a pipeline of women leaders and influencers in Singapore. The organisation works towards narrowing the gender equality gap through education and raising awareness and advocacy on issues such as anti-violence and women’s empowerment, with the support of key stakeholders including corporate partners, government agencies, academia, the diplomatic community, non-profits and community groups and the wider community.
For more information about the UWS GenSafe Workplaces Program, visit:


ABC News Interviews CIS about Security Readiness & Biden’s Inauguration

ABC News Interviews CIS about Security Readiness & Biden’s Inauguration

Following the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot, CIS provided expert commentary for a number of Florida news agencies on security failures and preparations for future acts of violence.

Following is a link to one of the interviews on WFTS ABC News.


School Security Training Webinar for Independent School Leaders

School Security Training Webinar for Independent School Leaders

The following series of school security training videos is produced as a webinar edition of the one-day Integrated Security Planning for School Administrators (ISPSA) seminar as presented for independent school organizations and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The ISPSA webinar series explores a full spectrum of school security training topics including risk management strategy and planning, safe school climate and culture, school threat assessment, physical security and facility design, emergency response planning, and more.

The ISPSA webinar program presents a comprehensive and holistic approach to school security and emergency readiness in alignment with the principles of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program®.

ISPSA Video 01/04 – Security Risk Management & Safe School Climate

 In this one-hour lesson, architect of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program® Craig Gundry explores the dynamics of mass homicide in schools, risk management strategy, and establishing a safe school climate and culture as the first layer of defense against active shooter attacks.

Risk Management & School Security ….1:32

— Mass Homicide in Schools: The Risk in Perspective….1:32

— Characteristics of Active Shooters in Schools….6:54

— Security Risk Management Strategy….10:51

— Anatomy of a School Attack….17:12

— Adversary Applicability and Risk Management….20:43

Safe School Climate and Culture….23:10

— School Leadership and Strategic Planning….28:16

— Knowing Your Students….31:51

— Fostering a Positive School Culture….35:28

— Positive Disciplinary Practices….38:11

— Reconciling Security Measures and School Climate….40:25

—– SRO & Security Officer Impact on School Climate….43:11

— Educating Parents….53:13

ISPSA Video 02/04 – Student Threat Assessment & Management

In this 1.25-hour lesson, architect of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program® Craig Gundry explores the pathway to targeted violence in schools, threat assessment principles, and approaches to managing student behavior of concern.

Psychology of Targeted Violence….0:03:10

— Types of Aggression….0:03:10

— Pathway Model of Targeted Violence and Schools….0:09:09

Threat Assessment Methodology….0:13:09

— Behavior of Concern and Threat Reporting….0:14:08

— Overview of Threat Assessment Process….0:16:50

— Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment Process….0:18:36

— CIS Threat Assessment Process….0:22:32

CSTAG Threat Assessment Process….0:24:54

— FERPA & Threat Assessment….0:31:54

— Parental Cooperation….0:33:54

Key Assessment Factors….41:20

— Warning Behaviors….0:42:17

— Risk Factors….0:58:45

— Stabilizing Factors….1:08:04

— Estimating Threat….1:09:14

Threat Management Options….1:12:41

ISPSA Video 03/04 – Physical Security and School Facility Design

In this two-hour lesson module, architect of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program® Craig Gundry explores important aspects of physical security and access control in schools, life safety design, and response to imminent threat situations.

Principles of Performance-Based Physical Security….0:01:14

— Physical Protection System (PPS) Functions and Schools….0:02:39

— Physical Protection Systems and Active Shooter Attacks….0:05:08

— PPS Performance and Historical Case Examples….0:08:07

— Physical Security and Active Shooters….0:14:00

Perimeter Protection and School Grounds….0:17:14

— Campus Fencing….0:17:20

—- Cost-Benefit and Case Examples….0:22:01

—- Campus Fencing & Egress Gates….0:25:38

— Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design….0:28:10

— Obscuration….0:30:30

— Outdoor Intrusion and Attack Detection….0:32:19

—- Gunshot Detection Systems….0:32:46

School Building Façade and Entrances….0:34:59

— Façade Glazing….0:35:21

—- Protective Glazing Options….0:42:12

— Entry Control…0:49:14

—- Secure Lobby Design….0:50:41

—- Contraband and Weapons Screening….0:54:55

— Campus Access Control Systems….1:06:52

—- Lockdown Macro Events….1:09:06

—- Examples of Access Control Applications….1:11:03

—- Access Control Locking Hardware….1:16:40

Secure Classrooms….1:24:38

— Classroom Door Locks….1:29:04

— Windows & Door Vision Panels….1:34:27

Ballistic Protection….1:34:58

Emergency Exits and Egress Obstructions….1:40:50

Armed Response Force Deployment….1:44:22

— SRO & Security Officer Selection….1:46:21

— SRO & Security Officer Training….1:50:14

— SRO & Security Officer Post Assignment….1:54:20

— Armed Teachers and Staff Members?….1:54:42

—- Considerations for Armed School Staff….2:00:48

Practical Integration of Performance-Based Physical Security….2:05:35

ISPSA Video 04/04 – Emergency Response Planning and Preparation

In this 2.25-hour lesson module, architect of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program® Craig Gundry explores characteristics of effective emergency response plans, infrastructure preparations, and model procedures for responding to school emergencies.

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