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PRM-101 Assessing Infrastructure Threats and Hazards (8 CPE) is a Course

PRM-101 Assessing Infrastructure Threats and Hazards (8 CPE)

Starts Mar 15, 2021

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Full course description

In this course, you will learn how to identify threats and hazards associated with critical infrastructure.   It will provide you with an overview of the types of threats and hazards that we have faced in prior years, the current threat environment, and the implications for our critical infrastructure.   Certificate candidates will learn about the history and current state of terrorist threats, natural and technological hazards. 

Students will be exposed to processes used by the government in response to threats and hazards and their impact on threat identification by infrastructure stakeholders.   This course will guide you through the process of assessing threats and provide detail regarding considerations for assessing threats to any critical infrastructure, e.g., building, facility, function, etc.  You will learn how to incorporate threat information in your risk assessment.

A background in infrastructure protection and/or Threat Assessment is unnecessary to succeed in this course. Beyond the application of Threat Assessment principles and practices, certificate candidates will gain a solid understanding of the salient issues and trends associated with threats to critical infrastructure.

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Course Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the evolution and current state of the terrorist threats facing the globe and the critical infrastructure of the US
  • Discuss and understand the history and current state of natural and technological hazards and the implications for the operations of the critical infrastructure in the US
  • Identify the government response to threats and hazards and its impact on threat identification by infrastructure stakeholders
  • Understand how to implement a threat and hazard assessment applicable to your critical infrastructure using government resources available

Learning Module #1 – Evolution of the Terrorist Threat Facing the Critical Infrastructure

Module Description: In this course, certificate candidates will learn about the major terrorist threat facing the US and the globe.  It includes a brief history, current global trends, and attacks targeting critical infrastructure in the United States.  Understanding threat is a core component of developing an effective Risk Assessment. The course is designed to provide the foundation and an understanding of the terrorist threat including relevant terms, concepts, and principles essential to facilitate conceptual learning across the curriculum. Since terrorism is worldwide and has left its mark on the US and its allies,  the study of terrorism, its roots, history, and current trends are important within the context of understanding risk.

  • Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
    • Explain the terrorist threat within the US, historical trends, and the reasons for the rise in terrorism.
    • List and describe the principal sources of the terrorist threat.
    • Discuss the types of threat actors, their varied motivations, and skill.
    • Develop an understanding of the potential terrorist threat facing one or more of the critical infrastructure sectors

Learning Module #2 – Natural and technological hazards and implications for Critical Infrastructure

Module Description: In this course, students will learn about the natural and technological hazards/threats facing the US and the globe.  A hazard is a situation that often results in danger to both the population and critical infrastructure.  Hazards are a source of risk, represented by likelihood and consequence, two of the important characteristics of the risk assessment continuum. This module provides an overview of the myriad hazards faced by the global community including many of those that have resulted in emergency and catastrophic events.

  • Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
    • Explain the difference between natural hazards and technological hazards
    • List and describe the principal types of natural disasters and their causes
    • Discuss the populations and world geographies  most at risk for disasters
    • Describe the types of risks, both direct and indirect resulting from natural and technological hazards

Learning Module # 3 – Policy Response to Threats and Hazards

Module Description: In this module, students will be exposed to the government’s response to major threats and hazards over the years.  The focus of this module will be on the establishment of the bureaucracy developed to handle the government’s response to major threats and hazards and how that bureaucracy has evolved and adapted, in light of the prevailing threat environment.

  • Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
    • Understand the importance of the emergency management function and its evolution within the United States in response to terrorist threat, natural and technological hazards
    • List and describe many of the the watershed events that drove the evolution of the emergency management function
    • Describe the measures taken to address the terrorism hazard within the United States, both prior to and following the September 11 terrorist attacks
    • Understand and discuss the role of the terrorist threat, natural and technological hazards in the development of all-hazards emergency management in the United States
    • Describe the functions of DHS and FEMA relative to prevention and response to threats and hazards

Learning Module # 4 – Tools and Techniques for Implementing a Threat and Hazard Assessment

Module Description: In this module, students will learn techniques for  identifying Threats and Hazards using methodologies provided by the Federal Government, specifically DHS and FEMA.  This approach will introduce students to a threat assessment model aligned with the National Preparedness System emphasizing stakeholder communities and the collection of specific, quantitative information to support the identification of threats and hazards.   Student will learn how communities collect more detailed and actionable data on their current capabilities and identified capability gaps.  This information will serve as the foundation for identifying the most likely Threat and Hazard scenarios.   

  • Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:
    • Understand the difference in methods used for identifying and assessing terrorist threats vs the methods used for identifying and assessing natural and technological hazards
    • Describe the metrics that can be used to assess the danger, in terms of potential harm/damage, from terrorist threats using a variety of attack methods
    • List and describe the steps in the DHS/FEMA Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) method
    • Describe how, using THIRA, communities can identify risks with the potential to most challenge their capabilities and expose areas in which the community is not as capable as it aims to be