CTCB State of Play No 3: Drones, Crisis Architecture and 0 Fatality Attacks

This week’s CTCB State of Play Newsletter No. 3 touches on themes linked to the Nashville bombing (25/12/2020) and theories on the future of war.

First, we cover airborne drones. These military and commercial-grade devices display an incredible variety of uses, including as navy escorts and pre-attack surveillance tools for violent extremists like Brenton Tarrant (15/3/2019, NZ). Applicability to counter-terrorism is mentioned with regard to physical secuirty.

As urban functions grow more complex and security threats become harder to predict, it is fundamental for cyber and physical architecture to be secured-by-design. This is with a future of irregular warfare in mind. Security consultants play a critical part in the design and operation process, their task to reduce vulnerabilities growing ever more technical and cross-disciplinary. Difficulties with time, terrain, and task equipment mean that the security industry is one of the front-runners in a turn towards virtual learning.

Lastly, on a slightly more ‘positive’ note, the newfound strategic allure of cyber and data targets may lead to fewer attacks on civilians. However, this poses challenges for event framing and response.

The issues highlighted in this week’s readings and Theme 2 underscore the importance of professional competence in physical security advisory and consultancy roles. To learn more about design considerations such as redundancy, perimeter systems, and setting acceptable risk levels, we offer Webinars and short courses. For those who meet eligibility requirements, there is the CTCB’s Design and Implementation of Physical Protection Systems (DIPPS) or Certified Physical Security Consultant (CPSC) course.

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