Designing for Counter-terrorism - RIBA guidance

This document provides Business Continuity guidance from RIBA on designing for Counter-terrorism and Resilience.
The guidance comes in two parts and will be valuable to all those working in the areas of Business Continuity, Resilience and Security, as well as the professionals building our communities. 

Government Crowded Place Consultation


This page provides information on the background to Security linked to crowded places. The expression 'crowded places' is used to describe much of our communities from the shopping centre to the cinema, anywhere where people gather. 

Security and CT Portal

Security and Counter Terrorism information Portal
Through this portal page we provide information covering a range of topics that relate to Security and Counter Terrorism information news and advice and connect with your resilience planning  
For nearly a decade the Continuity Forum has been working alongside the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Police, Home Office and others to bring awareness and advice to organisations on what they can do to better secure and protect not only their organisations, but our communities. 
Here you will find links and information on various resources that will enable you to build your organisations resilience and create continuity. 

VSAT ... the Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool a lot of work and some high hopes

Protecting our social and commercial centres is a vital task for the police and security services, but one that cannot be truly effective without wider participation from the community. This is where VSAT fits in. 

Is that a ‘larger’ gun in your pocket...?

The implications of the UK police force's new training regime
Earlier this month, Verdant asked how useful raising the terror threat level was in preparing the public for potential terrorist activity and concluded that such announcements need to be surrounded by a sound communications framework to have the necessary impact in preparing citizens accordingly.

Breach of national security at UK airport

Several cargo planes were grounded at separate US airports after suspicious packages were found on board planes in London and Dubai. Security has been stepped up at UK airports for flights to the US following the incident.

Expecting the Unexpected

Nearly 1 in 5 businesses suffer a major disruption every year. Yours could be next. With no recovery plan, you have less chance of survival.

How quickly – and painlessly – you manage to get back to ‘business as usual’ in the event of a terrorist attack, fire, flood or other natural disaster, or any other major interruption, depends on how effectively you can devise, and put into action, your own business continuity management.

Click on this link to download the associated Expecting the Unexpected booklet

For more details on the activities or related to the issues raised please contact us directly.


Project Argus

Project ARGUS is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office initiative, exploring ways to aid you in preventing, handling and recovering from a terrorist attack, completing Business Continuity and Resilience Planning.

Argus achieves this by taking businesses through a simulated terrorist attack. The simulation identifies the measures to take for preventing, handling and recovering from a terrorist attack.

Countering terrorism through design ... RIBA launch new guidelines

The bombing of London’s transport infrastructure on 7 July 2005 and the failed Underground bombings two weeks later, along with the abortive car bomb attacks targeting a central London nightclub and Glasgow Airport in June 2007, highlighted the importance of ensuring the critical parts of the UK’s national infrastructure are protected against terrorism.
Lord West of Spithead was commissioned by the government to review the UK’s preparedness for future terrorist attacks. His findings identified that a new effort to ‘design in’ counter- terrorism protective security was needed. In response, the Home Office and the Office for Communities and Local Government published new guidance on designing for counter-terrorism in the built environment.

Managing Domestic Terrorism Event

Managing Domestic Terrorism Event - Jan 23rd - South East

Business today faces many new threats, and the management of these threats is rapidly becoming a major factor in business planning.

Is Terrorism just one more threat, or are there specific risks, separate from other business issues, that need to be considered?

Government guidelines are available to all, but how can you be sure that you have understood and adapted the guidelines to suit your own specific requirements? Can you be sure that you have done everything necessary, by law and by logic, to protect your business and your people?

Companies struggle to find balance for terrorism insurance

Hundreds of actors found themselves hired for an unusual performance earlier this month - faking illness. The actors, part of the USA's largest ever terrorism drill, played people suffering from the effects of a biological agent.

Would businesses be prepared for a second 7/7?

Have the lessons of 7/7 been learnt?

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to develop procedures to deal appropriately with serious and imminent danger, and to nominate sufficient numbers of competent persons to activate those procedures. Employers should consider all potential dangers, e.g. fire, public disorder etc.

This should therefore include terrorism, bomb threats and electronic attack, such as computer viruses. All emergency procedures have to be written down and effectively communicated to all personnel on the premises. The person who has been designated as the competent person responsible for procedures should be clearly identified and his or her role, responsibilities and authority detailed.

Seizures of radioactive materials fuel 'dirty bomb' fears


IAEA show 300 siezures in 3 years

SEIZURES of smuggled radioactive material capable of making a terrorist "dirty bomb" have doubled in the past four years, according to official figures seen by The Times.

Smugglers have been caught trying to traffick dangerous radioactive material more than 300 times since 2002, statistics from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show.

Poison plotter convicted

A man has been convicted of plotting to manufacture homemade poisons and explosives with the intention of causing fear and injury to those who come into contact with them.

The conviction of Kamel Bourgass follows a long and intensive investigation by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch with assistance from the security service and other police forces. During a search of premises in Wood Green, London on 5th January 2003 detectives discovered residue from a homemade poison, together with recipes and instructions for making poisons and explosives.

Business preparing for terrorist attack

By Hamish Bryce Published: August 17 2005 13:53 

Reports of explosions, London under attack, hundreds of casualties, many feared dead. Emergency services deploy and respond according to well-established plans. Not the events of July 7 but a scenario a few months earlier in April codenamed Atlantic Blue, an international exercise aimed at testing the response of departments and agencies to an incident eerily reminiscent of last month's bomb attack. 

Atlantic Blue and other exercises designed to prepare the capital for catastrophes have served us well - the emergency services' handling of the July attacks was successful and deserves our whole-hearted praise. But what now? What lessons have we learnt and how can we prepare for future threats? 

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