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Dec 3, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.

Today on RIMScast, Justin is joined by Dr. Marc H. Siegel to discuss terrorism and violence risks. Dr. Siegel is the Director of Global Security and Resilience Projects for the Homeland Security Graduate Program at San Diego State University. He is also the President and CEO of M. Siegel Associates LLC. He has traveled the world as a consultant to many organizations and governments on the topic of terrorism risk and RIMScast is thrilled to have him join the podcast!


In this episode, Justin and Dr. Siegel will be talking about domestic terror risks, how he has advised houses of worship and other entities, and how organizations can and should build terrorism risk into their violence preparedness plans.


This is the first episode in a two-part interview so be sure to tune in next week to hear more of Dr. Siegel’s key insights!


Key Takeaways:

[:14] About today’s topic.

[:22] Justin gives some announcements about upcoming RIMS events.

[:45] About today’s episode and special guest, Dr. Marc H. Siegel!

[1:22] Justin welcomes Dr. Siegel to RIMScast!

[1:31] Dr. Siegel speaks about his current work and career.

[3:51] Was Dr. Siegel in risk management before he started working on terrorism and security matters? Or was it the other way around?

[5:19] What motivated Dr. Siegel to write his two books (Twelve Steps to Better House of Worship Security and Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations) and what does he hope people will gain from them?

[11:57] Is an unmanned cop car outside of a public facility an effective deterrent?

[14:08] Do organizations need a separate terrorism strategy? And where would it fit within their general risk management strategy?

[21:34] Justin gives his thanks to Dr. Siegel for joining RIMScast and gives a preview of what to expect in Part 2 of the episode with Dr. Siegel.

[21:48] Justin speaks about the links to check out this episode’s show notes.

[22:40] Thanks for tuning in! If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, you can email those to Justin at!


Mentioned in this Episode:
RIMS RiskTech Forum 2019 (Dec. 9th in New York City) — Save 10% by entering the code LISTENER2019 at checkout!

RIMS 2020 (May 2nd–6th in Denver, CO) — Booth space is now available!

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

New Feature: RIMS-CRMP Stories

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!

DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence

Publications by Dr. Marc H. Siegel:

Twelve Steps to Better House of Worship Security, by Marc H. Siegel

Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations: Workplace Violence, Targeted Violence, and Active Shooters, by Marc H. Siegel

Additional RIMS resources regarding workplace violence and terrorism:

RIMScast Ep: “Active Threat Safety and Preparedness with Steve Smith and Dustin Miller of Guardian Defense”

Risk Management Monitor: “Open Offices and Holidays: A Parade of Risks”

“Keep Parades and Events Safe for Businesses and Employees”

“Recent Apparent Suicides Highlight Need for Post-Violence Recovery Plans” (Q&A with Steve Smith of Guardian Defense on School Shooter Preparedness)

RIMS Report: “Active Shooter Preparedness for Your Organization” (RIMS Members Only)


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