Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO)

Online Course

The S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) online course is designed to prepare to prepare security and public safety professionals for assignments involving the protection of facilities against terrorist attack. This program provides a detailed exploration of contemporary terrorist methods and essential skills and knowledge necessary for managing terrorism-related risks.

The information presented in this course reflects best practices in anti-terrorism, physical security, and emergency preparation as may be applied to a wide range of commercial and government facilities. The measures presented in this course are based on the instructor’s decades of experience in managing risks of terrorist violence, critical evaluation of hundreds of terrorist attacks, and analysis of methods for managing terrorism-related problems pioneered by organizations throughout the world.

Summary of topics include:

Introduction to Terrorism • Dynamics of Terrorist Attacks • Advanced IED Threat M.O. • Chem-Bio Terrorism • AT Countermeasures & Risk Management Concepts • Protective Counterintelligence/OPSEC • Physical Security Design and Entry Control Planning • Blast & Weapons Effects Mitigation • Mail Security Planning • Emergency Response Planning & Infrastructure Design • Response to Armed Attacks • Bomb Threat Management • Suspect IED & VBIED Response • Post-Blast Response CBRN Attack Response

This Internet-based training program includes the following S2 Online Academy lessons:
Lesson ID
Video Time
ATR 201
The Anti-Terrorism Officer
ATR 102
Dynamics of Contemporary Terrorism
2h 28m
ATR 202
IED Tactics and Technology
3h 34m
ATR 203
Chemical and Biological Terrorism
2h 27m
ATR 204
Risk Management and Anti-Terrorism Planning
ATR 205
Protective Counterintelligence and Operations Security
2h 40m
ATR 206
Physical Security Design and Technology (ATO)
4h 45m
ATR 207
Entry Control Design and Measures (ATO)
2h 46m
ATR 236
Facility Design and Hazard Mitigation
2h 51m
SEC 110
Mail Security Planning
2h 10m
ATR 208
Response to Terrorist Incidents (ATO)
3h 48m

Total completion time for the S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer online course is approximately 30 hour

    • Recognizing risks associated with contemporary terrorism including an in-depth understanding of contemporary terrorist modus operandi.
    • Understanding technical characteristics of explosive events, CBRN weapons, IEMI threats, and ballistic weapons necessary for designing effective protective measures.
    • Identifying security requirements essential to reducing terrorism-related risk.
    • Assessing facility risks and utilizing risk management principles in anti-terrorism planning.
    • Implementing Operations Security (OPSEC) and protective counterintelligence principles to impair terrorists’ ability to gather target intelligence.
    • Designing and specifying physical security measures for effective performance against terrorist armed attack and IED delivery scenarios.
    • Developing effective entry control measures for validating, screening, and searching entrants at facility and building entry points.
    • Identifying hazardous devices, possible device components, and risks associated with hazardous devices.
    • Designing and specifying protective measures and facility improvements for mitigation of projected charge weapon, IED,  chem-bio, and IEMI attacks.
    • Developing an effective mail screening and security program.
    • Recognizing indications of terrorist attack or impending terrorist events.
    • Developing a facility-level Incident Command System and designing effective infrastructure to support emergency response operations.
    • Developing safe and effective procedures for responding to a full spectrum of terrorist attack scenarios.

Course Details

Standard: $900
S2 Members: $720

Craig Gundry

Restriction Level
Level 2 – Verified Security Professionals & Law Enforcement Only

Expected Completion Time
30 Hours

Security Professionals, Force Protection Officers, LE Professionals Assigned to Anti-Terrorism Activities

50-questions, multiple-choice

System Requirements

    • MS Windows / Mac OS / iOS / Android
    • Web Browser
    • 128 MB RAM
    • Audio capability
    • High speed Internet – ADSL, Cable, T1+ (>=512 kBps)

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