My brother built his house. He borrowed a back-hoe and dug the hole. He set the foundation and built his house from the ground up. I looked at him and said, “Why can’t I even drive a nail straight?”
There are two reasons; first he has the knowledge and secondly, he had the right tools. I on the other hand, never acquired the knowledge, nor have I ever made the investment in tools.
Oh sure, I can unclog the toilet or figure out that a fuse is blown, but anything above that, I’m in the dark. The pun was not intentional.
This got me to thinking. Whenever I have something around the house that needs more than my minimum skills I have to call someone.
They usually arrive and the first thing they ask is, “Who did this?” as they look at the thousand mile-an-hour tape or screwdriver wedged against the window or the string hanging from where the handle should be on the screen door.
Then they go about fixing it and charging me the equivalent of a mortgage payment. They leave with a smile on their face and say, “Call us before you try to FIX IT again. You’ll save money in the long run”.
I asked my brother, where he acquired his knowledge and he explained that he asked lots of questions to people in the know and when he needed to, he bought or rented the tools. If they had the skill set for roofing he asked roofing questions, same for plumbing and so on.
Well, the same holds true in security.
There are projects you can do on your own and there are things you really should get an expert to handle.
With the advancement in technologies in recent months you can basically, “plug and play” all types of electronic security systems, and most can be monitored on your phone with an App download.
But, if you’re going to assess your property and take a holistic approach you want someone with knowledge in vulnerability assessment/risk analysis or in developing mitigation strategies, and physical security systems design.
You must engage someone who HAS the requisite tools sets and the knowledge to use them.
Someone with the proper credentials or designations ensures that the person doing the job understands the risk analysis formula (criticality x threat x vulnerability [and sometimes likelihood] = risk).
Putting up cameras or adding a guard is not the same as antiterrorism design or physical security engineering.
PURPOSE AND INTENT OF ANTITERRORISM DESIGN
The intent of antiterrorism design is to reduce collateral damage and the scope and severity of mass casualties in the event of a terrorist attack.
These strategies provide cost effective, implementable, and enforceable construction measures to protect personnel against terrorist attacks.
While complete protection against all potential threats for every inhabited building is cost prohibitive, the intent of these concepts can be achieved through prudent master planning, real estate acquisition, and design and construction practices.
The overarching philosophy upon which these concepts are based is that comprehensive protection for every inhabited facility against the range of possible threats is cost prohibitive, however, appropriate protective measures can be provided for buildings with high occupancy levels at a reasonable cost.
Those protective measures are engineering solutions intended to lessen the risk of mass casualties resulting from terrorist attacks. Implementation of these strategies will provide protection against a wide range of threats and will reduce injuries and fatalities.
The costs associated with these strategies are assumed to be less than the physical and intangible costs associated with incurring mass casualties.
Furthermore, all decision makers must commit to making smarter investments with the scarce resources available and stop investing money in inadequate buildings that personnel will have to occupy for decades, regardless of the threat environment.
There are four key elements of this philosophy that influence implementation:
Measures MUST be in place before an event occurs
Protection from one threat will afford some protections from other threats
Design practices provide a baseline to build upon
The systematic implementation of measures over time will provide protection as threats evolve
If you have a very large project or are worried about cost overruns, you could also get someone with credentials from the Security Industry Association (SIA) in project management or a Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM®).
Another reputable organization is the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), which provides several designations. Both of these credentialing programs ensure that the person you hire has the necessary knowledge to get the job done right.
However, while excellent sources in their own right they do not provide expertise in building design planning and review which incorporates antiterrorism strategies.
Haines Security Solutions offers instruction in physical security engineering and Antiterrorism Design Specialist, and awards certificates of training in both.
The Antiterrorism Design Specialist (ADS)
ADS designation provides subject matter expertise in; antiterrorism design, basic physical security strategies for new construction and major renovation projects, emergency management of and crisis management response to weapons of mass destruction incidents, plan writing, terrorist tactics & Modus Operandi, training/drills and exercise development and conduct, threat information synchronization, risk management processes, vulnerability assessment/risk analysis methodologies.
The Physical Security Engineer (PSE)
PSE designation provides general and advanced knowledge, skills and abilities in applying access control concepts for buildings and compounds, entry control facility design criteria, electronic security systems design and integration techniques, developing mitigation strategies & building design review, and a variety of vulnerability assessment/risk analysis methodologies in the built environment.
A security consultant having one of these credentials or designation is your guarantee that the person doing the job has the right tools sets and the knowledge to use them.
Not every project, especially when it comes to renovations, requires these skills and other designations may suffice; however, if you’re including passive design elements that will deter or prevent crime and reduce the effects of man-made attacks then either the ADS or PSE credentialed person is the right fit.
Law enforcement sources recently announced that terrorist type activity is on the raise. Shouldn’t your next project include ways to mitigate them, in the event they occur?
Adding mitigation design elements at the onset of a project may add a cost of five percent of the project. Incorporating these same elements afterwards can result in a cost increase of more than 40 percent, or even require total facility replacement.
A&E and security firms getting these credentials for all members of their design team has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years.
By getting team members certified in mitigation strategy development and antiterrorism design fundamentals – principals and decision makers are ensuring they are putting the best expertise available, all speaking the same language, on their project team.
Noteworthy, is the fact, that Haines Security Solutions (HSS) training places an emphasis on a softer approach to the implementation of security features in the built environment as a substitute to structural hardening and therefore provides a sense of trust instead of fear. 
HAINES’ SECURITY DESIGN SCHOOL (HSDS)
Haines’ Security Design School is a virtual classroom training platform for those involved in developing mitigation strategies to deter, detect and defend against a variety of man-made threats.
The classroom provides in-depth instruction in access control concepts, antiterrorism and crime prevention through environmental design, electronic security systems design and vulnerability assessment and risk analysis.
The platform provides tuition-based courses in three formats:
Full courses (more than eight hours of instruction)
Seminars (less than eight hours), and
FLASH (less than an hour of instruction).
Training can be accomplished by attending an instructor lead course or through self-study with or without a mentor.
Once the academic requirements are satisfied the designations of Antiterrorism Design Specialist (ADS) or Physical Security Engineer (PSE) are awarded to architects, emergency managers, engineers, facility managers, planners and security professionals.
In order to qualify for the Senior and Master levels of ADS or PSE designation the applicant must complete additional academic studies, have been published in a security related media and presented at a regional, national or international conference.
PHYSICAL SECURITY ENGINEERING TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION (PSET&C) PROGRAM
HSDS is part of the Physical Security Engineer Training and Certification [PSET&C] program. The PSET&C consists of three parts; academic studies, published materials and public speaking.
The PSET&C differs from other designation programs because it recognizes previous training conducted by another accredited agency (college/university, government agency [DHS/DOD/DSS/FEMA/OPM/USACE] or corporate program) and allows the training to be accepted; instead of the normal practice of buying the issuing agency’s study materials, signing up for their group study program and paying for their test to get their credential.
The second difference is once credentialed as an ADS or PSE, there’s an assumption that once achieved the person will continue working in the career field and continue with their professional development; therefore, the recipient maintains the ADS or PSE designation for life.
And the third major difference is that the program and designation are open to all career fields involved in the development of mitigation strategies, including; architects, emergency managers, engineers, facility managers, planners and security professionals.
In order to apply the applicant submits copies of their training certificates, written materials or speaking engagement publicity. Submitted material is reviewed and the designation awarded, if appropriate. If the applicant fall shorts, then HSS lets the applicant know where and designs an improvement program specifically tailored for the student.
This service is free. In any case, upon sustaining all certification criteria, HSS will award the credential designation by way of a designation letter and framed certificate.
Completion of either, Antiterrorism Design Specialist – Basics, Advanced and Supplemental or the Security Concepts for Design Teams – Basics, Advanced and Supplemental classes will result in award of the appropriate certification and are the quickest way of achievement.
Other courses are available for those who have completed some security training, yet lack meeting all of the requirements for receiving credentials. Certification will be given once this void is fulfilled.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Certification training for the PSE credential is scheduled for and will be conducted in a virtual classroom with instructor from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm PST on 19, 20 & 21 January 2020.
Upon registration the attendee will receive the course study guide and the session passcodes.
Certification for the Antiterrorism Design Specialist (ADS) designation is scheduled for and will be conducted by an instructor virtually from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm PST, 2, 3 & 4 February 2021.
Upon registration the attendee will receive the course study guide and session passcode.
About the Author
Doug Haines, owner of Haines Security Solutions, LLC (HSS), is a United States Air Force veteran with over 45 years of law enforcement and security related experience, which includes teaching building design principles to architects, engineers, facility managers, planners, and security professionals.
As an expert in physical security engineering and risk analysis, Doug is a distinguished judge on the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Judges Panel, and a regular expert contributor to AST, sharing his years of experience and insights with our 75K+ readers.
Doug’s company HSS, is recognized as a center of expertise within the security community for risk assessment, providing services for many federal; State, local government agencies and private companies around the globe, and is a founding member of International Centers of Security Training Excellence (ICSTE).
To Learn More about Haines Security Design School and additional please visit full courses, Seminars and FLASH Training Opportunities, please visit courses.hainessecuritysolutions.com.
Haines’ Security Design School Named a Finalist in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
90% of ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners return to compete in the Annual ‘ASTORS‘ Homeland Security Awards Program, and 100% of ‘ASTORS’ Sponsors have returned year to year to reap the benefits of their participation in the industry’s largest and most comprehensive Annual Awards Program.
The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.
The event featured an impassioned and compelling keynote address by William J. Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) twice, the Boston Police Department (BPD), and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as he walked attendees through 50 years of American policing history, the impacts on the communities, and the evolution of critical communication capabilities in our post 9/11 landscape.
Commissioner Bratton, one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues and Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk a global advisory firm, was recognized as the ‘2019 ‘ASTORS’ Person of the Year’ for his Lifetime of Dedication and Extraordinary Leadership in Homeland Security and Public Safety.
The 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Sponsored by ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Desktop Alert, X.Labs and Reed Expositions, every one a returning Sponsor from 2019.
Why the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?
American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
Over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
- United States Marine Corps
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
- United States Postal Inspection Service
- DHS S&T
- United States Marshals Service (USMS)
- The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police (PAPD)
- The Department of Justice (DOJ)
- The New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (NYS DHSES)
- United States Border Patrol
- AlertMedia, Ameristar Perimeter Security, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Bellevue University, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., CornellCookson, Drone Aviation, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global, IPVideo Corp., Konica Minolta Business Solutions, LenelS2, ManTech, Regroup Mass Notifications, SafeLogic, SolarWinds, Senstar, ShotSpotter, Smiths Detection, TCOM LP, Trackforce, Verint, and More!
From innovative Military Cyber Programs, to Local, State and Federal Public Safety and Emergency Management Initiatives, New Physical and IT Products and Services, and Security Professional, Threat Assessment, Emergency Preparedness, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Education and Training Opportunities – Join your ‘ASTORS’ Award-Winning Peers and Receive the Recognition You Deserve!
Excellence in Public Safety and Government Security Award Nominations are also encouraged, such as those 2019 Honored Winners which includes the DEA, U.S. Marine Corps, DHS S&T, Federal Protective Service, DHS S&T NUSTL, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol, The Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services.
Why American Security Today?
The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.
The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.
American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.
American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.
Harness the Power of the Web – with our 100% Mobile Friendly Publications
The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.
‘PROTECTING OUR NATION, ONE CITY AT A TIME’
AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.
Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.
AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.
AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.
Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.
To learn more about the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please go to the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Championship Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2019 ‘A Year in Review’.
The ‘ASTORS’ Champion Edition is published annually and includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.
It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2019 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitgate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
Veteran-owned Haines Security Solutions (HSS) helps architects and engineering firms solve security engineering problems while reconciling confusing (and sometimes contradictory) regulations.
Haines Security Solutions specializes in providing consulting services in a variety of security disciplines. At their core are physical security engineering and risk analysis.
 True North: Getting Risk Analysis Right Every Time, due out July 2021. Order your advance copy at https://SecurityZoom.online/more
 Fulfills certification requirements for Department of Defense military and civilians, and some State recurring education requirements
 Antiterrorism is the application of passive measures that are in-place prior to an event occurring.
 Related article: https://www.securityindustry.org/2018/04/05/the-puppy-movement/
 Related article: https://network.aia.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=110227d5-dde4-9c0d-fa52-a23257148cca
 Mobile training teams (MTT) are available to teach all courses on-site, as necessary, no minimum attendee requirement
 Recognized as the Best Homeland Security Education Program in 2017 with a Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award from American Security Today (AST)
AST strives to meet a 3 STAR trustworthiness rating, based on the following criteria:
- Provides named sources
- Reported by more than one notable outlet
- Includes supporting video, direct statements, or photos