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Security experts share lessons to tackle future terrorist attacks

Security experts gathered for the 6th Spring Seminar of the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), to look at the lessons that could be learned from recent terrorist attacks.

This annual seminar, hosted in conjunction with London First’s Security and Resilience Network, focused on the threat to cities like London from international terrorism. Recent attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris and Copenhagen have illustrated the vulnerability of complex urban environments and the need to have robust Prevent, Prepare and Protect strategies.

The Legal Attaché at the US Embassy in Paris, Niall Brennan, gave a vivid account of the terrorist attacks in that capital in January this year.

Brennan quoted the current FBI Director when he said “most major threats today have international reach and impact. By forging strong partnerships with each other, we significantly strengthen our ability to detect and dismantle those threats.”

Former Director General of MI5, Lord Evans of Weardale, gave his views on the use of open sources in tackling terrorism.

One of the board members of the Security & Resilience Network, Hagai Segal, gave a lively resume of the terrorists’ campaign. He concluded that “Sadly, Islamists have finally worked out how vulnerable the West is to small-scale, soft-target attacks.”

London First, combined with the UK Chapter of the OSAC, hold a Spring Seminar every year to look at what it takes to make a city resilient to terrorism, and what lessons can be learnt to make those strategies effective and adaptable to meet future threats.

If you would like to attend future events, please contact Robert Hall.

Contact: Robert Hall, rhall@londonfirst.co.uk

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