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Praxis Security Seminars

Praxis Security Seminar

A Bootcamp for Your Critical-Incident Management Plan

Your principal obligation as a leader is to preserve the capacity of the company to do business by protecting company assets, human, intellectual, and material. There are multiple threats to safety and security that you must recognize measure and counter. The most challenging is the thinking adversary, who is both an external and internal threat. Traditional crime, workplace violence, sabotage, theft of trade secrets, espionage, and terrorism are the product of this adversary. The Praxis Security Seminar is an intense, content-rich, two-day professional development seminar focusing on the high-level knowledge and skills that will enhance your performance and the performance of your security personnel. The designers of this seminar have trained law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies nationally and internationally. They have also trained the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency Police forces. Praxis facilitators have worked at the highest levels in the CIA and the FBI, both at the operational and policy levels. They have consulted with foreign governments on security matters in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America as well as with Fortune 500 companies.

Benefits of the Praxis Security Seminar

  • Your view of threats to your company will be clear and reality based, and therefore your countermeasures will be effective and efficient;
  • Corporate leadership will have greater confidence in you and view you as a problem solver and reliable resource for advice and counsel;
  • Compliance with security measures will increase as employees develop greater  confidence in the capabilities of your staff and respect for their roles; and
  • You will encourage cooperation and discourage bad behavior.

Becoming a highly skilled security professional requires no additional equipment or resources, but rather a special way of thinking. The primary responsibility of senior management is to prepare for probable incidents, which are limited in numbers. Preparing for possible incidents is a fool’s game, as the number of things that might possibly happen is infinite and unlikely.


Day One

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Fundamentals: Critical Thinking, Thinking Pitfalls and Mitigation Strategies; Unbinding Rationality; Intuitive Hypotheses Testing; Reverse Critical Thinking
  • Identifying and Measuring the Threat: Probable versus Possible Threats; Thinking Adversary; Avoiding Surprise; The Active Shooter; The Special Problem of Terrorism
  • Lunch
  • The Adversary at Work: Deconstruction and the Threat Assessment: Indicators and Warnings
  • The Simplicity Beyond Complexity; An All-Hazards Approach to Prevention

Day Two

  • Review
  • Leading in a Time of Crisis
  • Review of Crisis-Management Plans
  • Closing (noon)

At the conclusion of this seminar you will:

  • Have a comprehensive and clear view  of terrorism, crime, and other threats to your company.
  • Prepare a threat assessment tailored to your business environment, giving you the capacity to provide reality-based advice to corporate leadership and to institute countermeasures that are effective and efficient.
  • Recognize warnings and indicators of terrorist planning and the role of Focused Deconstruction in developing indicators and warnings specific to your business and corporation.
  • Implement the Corporate Security Intelligence Cycle in the context of the time competitive nature of decision making.
  • Be able to establish an Information Hub to connect the dots.

The thinking adversary presents challenges the natural disaster or accident does not. The thinking adversary can:

  • Attack at the weakest point in your security process
  • Attack at the process point that will inflict the most damage
  • Conceal his activities
  • Attack repeatedly

Terrorism, common crime, theft of trade secrets, and workplace violence all have the potential to damage your company and its personnel, drive customers to your competitors, cause investors to lose confidence and damage your physical plant.

Failure is not an Option

Failure to institute reasonable, prudent and effective security measures can invite damaging civil litigation. If the triers of fact believe the damaging events were foreseeable, your degree of preparation and prevention will be a crucial element of their deliberations. Should they be found wanting, beyond the settlement and its financial implications,  public opinion may turns against your company and its products or services, customers will find an alternative, and investors will sell off their equity, depressing the price of company stock and discouraging lenders at a time when cash flow is insufficient to sustain operations. In this circumstance, a company may have no alternative but to close. When investors and customers lose confidence in your company or its products and move to a competitor, it is unlikely that your business will survive. The cascading effect of these events builds a momentum that is difficult to slow. After a point, the momentum is impossible to stop. Hence the importance of acting decisively and in a timely way, mitigating vulnerabilities, instituting countermeasures to identified threats, responding effectively to a critical incident when it occurs.