Department of Homeland Security: Cyber and Infrastructure Agency – Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource Guide

Soft targets and crowded places—a term more recently used—are typically defined as locations or environments that are easily accessible, attract large numbers of people on a predictable or semi-predictable basis, and may be vulnerable to attacks using simple tactics and readily available weapons. CISA works with stakeholders to increase security and reduce the risk of a successful attack or, for those that do occur, limit the impacts to life and property. The “Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places—Resource Guide” is a key tool in our efforts to raise awareness of the capabilities that are available to support risk mitigation. The Guide provides an easy to use method to quickly find information on a wide range of free capabilities that can be incorporated into the security practices of organizations of all sizes.