Time
2 hours 33 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
CEU/CPE
3

Video Transcription

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Hello and welcome back to cyber is physical security for end users. Course. This is Lesson one doc to ancient physical security.
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I have three objectives for this lesson, and they are as follows. We're going to discuss the concept of defense in depth,
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also known as layered defense. ING
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will discuss the purpose of physical security in ancient times,
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and we'll look at many of the components that made up ancient layered defenses.
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Now, if there's anything I want you to take away from this
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lesson, it's this concept right here, defense in depth.
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The concept of defense in depth is how we employ multiple security measures in concert with one another to ensure that
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the thing we want to protect is truly protected from any kind of threat.
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Now
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the reality is, is that no single measure of defense can answer every kind of threat.
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So a planner will instead use many types of defenses in concert with one another to ensure that the people and the property that they want to protect will be protected
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from any threat.
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Why did they need the physical defenses in the Middle Ages?
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The reality was there were no organized national armies.
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There were no police forces that could
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patrolling area and protect people from harm.
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Instead,
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local kings
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or nights were given plots of land on which to build
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some kind of walled defense
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to protect the people
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from Raiders
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or sieges from the from the armies of other countries.
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So when they were building those cities
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for those world strongholds,
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what consideration went into
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where they would actually build it? Well, there are three words
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location, location, location.
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Now I know that sounds a little corny,
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but the reality is, is that natural terrain was the cheapest and simplest first layer of defense
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that these people could use when protecting what was important to them.
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They could use things like high ground
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to improve their ability to be able to see the enemies approach. Long before he got to the walls of the town,
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they used open space to create that distance between the attacker without and those they were protecting from with in within.
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They used uneven ground to slow the approach and to improve their amount of time or increase the amount of time
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that they had to react to the enemy forces.
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And they would also use bodies of water to keep that distance. Once
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the adversary was at the gates,
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let's look more closely
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at the defenses and how they could be used.
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Well, let's start with the bodies of water. Now, most cases
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we be talking about
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two types
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of natural of bodies of water. First, those that are man made,
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as in the picture that we see in the lower right hand corner.
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Yeah,
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natural rivers and lakes. To be used as
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defences against an approaching adversary
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like I mentioned earlier, creates space and creates that distance. We're now the
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the adversary has difficulty scaling the walls because he asked across a body of water before he can actually even approach the wall.
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It also restricts the ways in the avenues of approach that the adversary can use.
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He can't massive strength against the wall to knock it down or to scale it
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walls and watchtowers.
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Now we saw in the last picture and we can see on the last slide, and we can see in the graphic here
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that walls and towers provide a great natural defense to shield the people within.
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It also protects the buildings within the castle or stronghold
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and it gives the defenders instant high ground, even if the the castle does not is not built on a hill
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or some kind of high point.
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The towers gave them elevation over the land.
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It allowed them to see who was coming and going and give them a vantage point from which to watch the enemy.
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A war watchtower also gave them hardened position and natural defence against an attack from without
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now, as just kind of obvious,
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no walled city could survive if there was no way to get in and out
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off the town itself. They needed Ingress is, and egress is in the walls of the strong holder city
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in order to allow the natural flow of traffic.
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But in times of strife, when Raiders would would
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tried to pillage the town or in Enemy's forces were there to siege the town,
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they needed to harden those effective weak points.
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They did this through iron gates,
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reinforced our reinforced doors
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in order to protect and prevent
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the enemy from entering.
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You can see in the picture here how they use the med metal, poor collis, or gate to that they could drop down
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if enemies were approaching,
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and no physical defenses would be complete without having actual people there
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to
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attack the return fire on the enemy
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or two.
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Just defend the walls.
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Cities needed defenders, and defenders needed training.
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They needed equipment. They needed arms to fight off the attacker.
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They also needed money,
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and they needed tactical leadership in order to be able to perform their intended role to protect the town or stronghold.
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In this video, we talked about the concept of defense in depth
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or layered defenses.
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We looked at the purpose of physical security and the role it played in ancient times,
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and we looked at the different components of ancient, layered defenses,
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thank you very much and look forward to seeing you in the next lesson.

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Corey Holzer
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