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Brian Harrell, assistant director for infrastructure security at CISA, outlines their efforts to increase security at schools and other “soft targets”

The Department of Homeland Security is taking an active role in the prevention of domestic incidents. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is presenting new resources for schools and other organizations to protect themselves against threats. Brian Harrell, assistant director for infrastructure security at CISA, says that while they have subject matter experts, they need more resources to cover “soft targets.”


“In the last year we’ve been to 1000 different schools. We’ve seen 6000 requests for our active shooter exercise kits that an administrator can use today… it’s been hugely beneficial,” Harrell said. “Those are relatively small numbers compared to the 130,000 schools that are littered throughout the United States, K-12. We need that force multiplier. Yes we have expertise out in the field, but also we’re building a website now where we can put all of our subject matter expertise and guidelines in a one stop shop where somebody is able to consume it and use it.”

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