Three days after the Paris terror attacks jolted France and the Western world, business executives and employers on both sides of the Atlantic – and in many of the world’s regions – are analyzing the attack and its implications for ensuring the safety of their people, facilities and operations.

The World Reacts – and ISIS Promises to Attack Again

As of noon today, France was at a standstill for a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the coordinated suicide bombings and shootings and Europe was coordinating an international manhunt for the alleged 8th attacker. Fresh from an impromptu meeting with Russia’s Putin in the lobby of a hotel in Antalya, Turkey yesterday at the close of a pre-planned summit of 20 nations, President Obama was looking for ways to increase international pressure on ISIS while fending off demands by some for placing new U.S. troops on the ground to combat ISIS directly.  In the midst of this global activity, ISIS released a new video this morning threatening an attack in Washington, D.C.

Implications for Security Risk Management in the United States

What does it mean for American corporations in the short term?  As normal weekly business operations resume this week, many employees will be thinking of the events that unfolded in Paris last Friday evening and what the implications might be for them here in the United States.

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, we recommend that corporate security departments supporting business personnel, assets and operations in the United States take moderately enhanced security steps over the near term – assuming no further major international or national terrorist events occur.  These enhanced activities should focus on areas such as (a) enhanced security awareness among all employees, (b) CCTV monitoring for pre-attack surveillance, (c) elevated and counter-measures at key facilities and high-risk locations, and (d) revision of travel security plans.

Hillard Heintze’s Security Advisory Brief

This afternoon, Hillard Heintze distributed a Special Advisory Brief with more detailed recommendations for corporate clients with U.S. operations.  The Brief can be downloaded at no charge here.

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