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Jim McGuffey, M.A., CPP, PSP, CPI

We know that ISIS has been operating in all 50 U.S. States and many other countries. We also know that terrorist organizations have a planning cycle which includes conducting hostile surveillance for weeks, months and even years prior to an attack. This seminar will inform participants on the terrorist planning cycle, what hostile surveillants look for, how hostile surveillance is conducted and what preventive security counter measures can be taken to identify hostile surveillance and prevent attacks.

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will learn about:

  • Terrorist Trends
  • Surveillance Detection as a security strategy
  • Activities indicative of hostile surveillance
  • Terrorist planning cycle
  • Techniques/Ruses used by hostile surveillants
  • Hostile surveillants requirements
  • Best times in the terrorist planning cycle to identify and report surveillance
  • Brief review of a comprehensive process to protect your facility
  • Who should be trained in hostile surveillance

ASIS International Spot Light:

Jim has been an ASIS International member since 1981 and currently serves on the Cultural Properties Council. He was founder and Chapter Chair at the Savannah Low Country Chapter for 5 years and served as Committee Chair for the House of Worship Committee for three years and also on the Physical Security Council for two years. Jim Holds all three ASIS Board Certifications accreddited by the Department of Homeland Security, American Standards Institute and International Standards Organization.

Reopening Houses of Worship-COVID 19

ASIS leader Jim McGuffey Interviewed for Church Security Meeting in Bluffton, SC. Read More>>

Security for Houses of Worship

Jim McGuffey interviewed by ASIS International on Protective Strategies for Houses of Worship-July 2017 Click to Listen

Webinars, interviews, and articles:

Soft Target Risks

 by Jim McGuffey (Video 2016)

S.A.F.E. Active Shooter Response

June 2020, Jim McGuffey interviewed on lessons learned in security and how he ended up in his current role.

Security and protection for houses of worship

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Jim conducts webinar for ASIS International–Emerging Threats and Protective Strategies for Houses of Worship-July 12, 2017

Emerging Threats and Protective Strategies for Houses of Worship 
A Podcast Interview featuring Jim McGuffey

Hostile Surveillance Detection Training, ASIS International Read More>>

McGuffey interviewed by Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. November 2017

speaking Spot Light:

Jim speaking at InfraGard Training Session in Charleston Feb 23, 2019 on Hostile Surveillance Detection for Houses of Worship.

Jim conducts a Hostile Surveillance Detection Webinar for ASIS International on November 19, 2019. Jim has conducted numerous webinars for international organization on the topics of Security Risk Assessment Process, Hostile Surveillance Detection as a Security Countermeasure for critical Infrastructure and soft targets and House of Worship Protection.

 Jim McGuffey spoke about “Reducing Soft Target Risks” at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018 (formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits) in Las Vegas on Monday, Sep 24th 3:45 PM.

 Jim was guest speaker at the Panama City, Panama ASIS International Chapter on June 27, 2018.

Jim discussed security strategies before 100 clergy and House of Worship security professionals at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in 
Fayetteville, NC.

How to secure museums – and the artworks and antiquities that are in them, or on their way to them from other museums, or held by dealers and collectors – was the subject of a gathering of the International Arts and Antiquities Security Forum (IAASF), in Gateshead. Read More

ASIS International 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhitibs, Jim presenting on Strategies of Hardening Soft Targets for places of worship. Sept. 13, 2016.

Security expert and Bluffton resident, Jim McGuffey, teaches local church leaders how to prepare for the worst. McGuffey leads the free House of Worship Security Training workshop to area church leaders at the Bluffton Police Department.

Jim addressing security, law enforcement and museum managers from the U.K. and Europe at the International Arts & Antiquities Security Forum in Gateshead, England.

Jim speaks at SC InfraGard 2016 Winter Conference on the Security Risk Analysis Process.

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