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Dec 10, 2019

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

Check out part 1 here

Today on RIMScast, Justin is joined by Dr. Marc H. Siegel for Part 2 of discussing 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 terrorism risks, how terrorism threats have evolved since 9/11, terror and violence threats specific to the holidays, and how an organization can prepare for these risks during the holidays. Dr. Siegel also gives an overview of the new, updated Department of Homeland Security Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence.


Key Takeaways:

[:14] About today’s episode.

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

[:41] Justin gives a quick refresher on the featured guest, Dr. Marc H. Siegel.

[1:18] Justin welcomes Dr. Siegel back to RIMScast!

[1:25] How have terrorism threats evolved or changed since 9/11? How much of a constant threat are these ‘lone wolf’ terror tactics for businesses, the government, and the general public?

[8:40] Are there specific risks for employers and employees when it comes to the holidays? Do they need to be on higher alert to terror and violence threats? And what can organizations and individuals do to prepare for risks over the holidays?

[13:22] Dr. Siegel gives a CliffsNotes version of the new, updated DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence.

[22:14] Justin gives his thanks to Dr. Siegel for joining him in today’s episode and then highlights some links to check out for today’s episode!

[23:09] Thanks for tuning in! If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, you can email those to Justin at!


Mentioned in this Episode:

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

The Swiss Cheese Model

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”

“Keeping 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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