Incidents of mass violence demonstrate the need for a risk-based security model

Security still operates predominantly in a reactive instead of proactive mode


  • Define potential security risks.
  • Develop standardized risk assessment processes for gathering and analyzing information,and use of analytical technology.
  • Risk-based security focuses on prevention of new incidents whether they are active shooter, general violence, etc.
  • Enhances security’s ability to rapidly respond to changes in the threat environment. 

More bang for the buck

According the LAX (LAWA) after action report: “Simply adding more security does not necessarily provide better security.  Determining priorities and where to achieve great value for the dollars invested requires regular, systematic assessment of the likelihood and consequences (risks) associated with a range of threat scenarios that morph and change more quickly now than ever before. 

Collaborative engagement in a security risk assessment process across the community builds the buy-in needed to develop and sustain a holistic security program over time. Leaders must be open to challenging established practices and demonstrate a willingness to change direction.”

Making the switch to a risk-based security program is the best recommendation for those who want to protect their staff, students, patients, vendors, clients, soldiers, and visitors from a mass casualty event, or for all the organizations who don’t want to have a terrible incident happen in the first place.