Active Assailant Risk: Threat assessment and preparation

Episode 1 in a 4 -episode podcast on active assailant risk.

There is no question that active assailant incidents are on the rise. But that fact generates many of its own questions: What's driving the increase? What makes one business or location more vulnerable than another? Is there a way to be a less attractive target? And in the event of the unthinkable, how do we respond?

In this first episode of our Active Assailant Risk podcast, host Dave Rapp is joined by Dan Kennedy, a former FBI agent and current SVP of US Security Operations for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Dan shares his experience and lessons learned from a career that spans local and federal law enforcement to the private commercial sector.


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Key takeaways

Most shooters have one thing in common

While multiple factors can influence the actions of an assailant, data show that most all have a grievance against a person, group, location, or ideology that is the basis for the attack.

Assess you properties, policies, and preparedness

Keep property reviews current, and update safety and response policies and training in accordance with property evaluations.

Foster a relationship with local first responders

Hold regular meetings and scheduled drills. Build a partnership so that in the event of an incident, all parties work in lockstep.

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Active Assailant Risk: Exposure modeling and insurance solutions

Our podcast speakers joined us to share more of their experiences and expanded the conversation to include available insurance market solutions.

About our speakers

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Dave Rapp

Managing Director, Casualty Advisory Practice

As a senior casualty advisor, Dave Rapp is responsible for directing and coordinating the delivery of the casualty service model to all clients, while expanding the capabilities and strategy for Marsh’s casualty team in the pacific south region.

Previously, Dave served for eight years as the Group Director of Risk Management for Westfield Shopping Centers, a global real estate shopping center management company that operates large-scale shopping centers in 13 countries.  He was responsible for managing insurance and claims, enterprise risk management (ERM), loss control and safety, and crisis management and business continuity programs.

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Dan Kennedy

SVP, US Security Operations, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Dan Kennedy is Senior Vice President of US Security Operations for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a global leader in developing premier flagship shopping destinations across Europe and the US. He oversees all aspects of security, crisis management, and health and safety for all US assets — including iconic shopping and entertainment destinations from coast to coast.

Before joining URW, Mr. Kennedy served more than 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in several counterterrorism and intelligence roles and was the On-Scene Commander in a number of high-profile special events and FBI major case incidents.