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Target Hardening: How to Improve Your Security Posture Against Bad Actors

August 30, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

Target Hardening: How to Improve Your Security Posture Against Bad Actors

Securing a public facility or event can seem overwhelming in the current threat environment. Detecting and deterring an active shooter, a malicious insider or a cyberattack is a daunting, but achievable goal.

So, where should you start when it comes to Target Hardening, also known as strengthening building, worksite or event security from terrorist or criminal attack? While your first instinct may be to address tactical level issues, such as cameras, locks and badges, the answer is to ask a more strategic question: "When did you last complete a threat, vulnerability and risk assessment?"

In this webinar, we'll discuss the basics of completing security assessments, including how to address threat, vulnerability and risk and how you can use a layered defense to address what essential resources your operation should be protecting.

What We Cover:

The basics of evaluating soft target locations:

  • Understanding the threat
  • Assessing vulnerability
  • Calculating risk

The use of layered defense, including:

  • How to identify your critical assets
  • How to identify the primary target


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Dr. Jennifer Hesterman

Dr. Jennifer Hesterman, Security Consultant, ABS Group

Dr. Jennifer Hesterman, Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), is security consultant to ABS Group. She is a counterterrorism and target hardening ex-pert. With more than 36 years of experience in national and homeland security, Jenni helps public locations and events identify and lessen their vulnerability to violent attack. She authored Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack, the ASIS Security Industry Book of the Year in 2019.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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