First responder training, security personnel training, safety training, and civilian training are equally important for threat detection, workplace safety, and awareness toward acts of terrorism. Training programs should include preliminary training, followup training, and red cell exercises to test skills and identify security gaps. A policy mandating security plan modifications when security gaps are identified should become the standard.
Purchasing anti-terrorism technologies does not guarantee desired security benefits. When budgeting for new anti-terrorism technologies or preparing grant applications, costs for training beyond operator training, awareness training, red cell exercises, and followup training should all be included.
Effective training programs will enhance security and combat complacency.